Adding Miriam’s Cup to the Seder table is a relatively new tradition designed to honor the role of Miriam, Moses’ older sister (and, symbolically, the contributions of other Jewish women to our culture).
Miriam not only watched over Moses in the bulrushes, she told the Egyptian princess who found him that Yocheved, Moses’ mother, should be his nursemaid.
And years later, when the Israelites wandered in the desert, Miriam led the women in dance. In her honor, God created a well of spring water that sustained the Israelites.
That’s why, although we fill Elijah’s Cup with wine, we fill Miriam’s Cup with water.
Our Miriam’s Cup is really a handmade pottery goblet that we bought at a local Greek festival. We love how its wavy motif reminds us of water, with flowers rising from the source of life.