|Ask Rabbi Simmons|
Could you please explain the meaning of the 4 cups of wine taken during the meal of Seder? I have read that even the poorest Jews were to have 4 cups. Where is this information found? I would like to learn more about their significance.
four cups of wine are in commemoration of the four expressions of redemption in
Even the very poor should demonstrate the symbols of redemption and freedom, by eating and drinking in a reclining position, and be provided with the four cups. (sources: Talmud Pesachim 99b; "Rashi" there; Talmud Yerushalmi Pesachim 10:1; Exodus 6:4; "Code of Jewish Law" O.C. 472:13; MB 43 there).
A more detailed explanation of the Seder is online at Aish.com
Rabbi Shraga Simmons