Mark Zuckerberg gifts daughter heirloom kiddush cup

Zuckerberg shared photos of his Shabbat celebration, including his daughter drinking from the kiddush cup, shots of homemade challah and lit Shabbat candles.

September 17, 2017 13:35
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Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California

Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California. (photo credit: STEPHEN LAM / REUTERS)


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In a moving Facebook post on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg said he was gifting his daughter with a kiddush cup that has been in his family for generations.

"For shabbat tonight, we gave Max a kiddush cup that has been in our family for almost 100 years," Zuckerberg wrote. "Her great-great-grandfather Max got it after our family immigrated here and it has been passed down through our family ever since."

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Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook who is estimated to be worth more than $70 billion, has two children with his wife, Priscilla Chan: Maxima, 2, and August, who was born last month.

The photos Zuckerberg shared with the post included him holding Max while she drank from the cup, shots of homemade challah and lit Shabbat candles.

At the end of last year, Zuckerberg revealed that while he was once an atheist, he has since realized the importance of faith and traditions.

"I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things," he wrote in December, "but now I believe religion is very important.”

Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at Harvard University earlier this year, and told graduates that he sings the "Mi Shebeirach" prayer to his daughter every night.

"It goes, ‘May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,’” he said. “I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.”

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