Origin of Miriam's Cup
Cup originated in a Boston Rosh Chodesh group in the late
1980’s. Based on the Legend of Miriam’s Well
(learn more about the Legend of
Miriam’s Well in Midrash), Stephanie Loo
created a new ritual. A member of the group led a guided
meditation during which women gained inspiration and renewal
from the Mayim Chayyim (Living Waters) of Miriam’s
well, and the group drank from a special vessel called Kos
Miriam (The Cup of Miriam).
of the group found the ritual so empowering that they adopted
the idea of using Kos Miriam on Shabbat. The idea
of using Kos Miriam at the Passover Seder was a
natural progression because of Miriam’s central role
in the Exodus story.