Lubavitcher Rebbe's kiddush cup on auction revealed inauthentic

Rebbe's secretary: 'The photo of the cup is certainly not of a becher used by the Rebbe.'

Mordechai Sones ,

Kiddush cup
Kiddush cup

It was previously reported that the legendary silver-plated kiddush cup that Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, used at Shabbat and holiday meals will be put up for auction.

Kedem auction house, which is preparing to auction the item in the next week with a starting bid of $18,000, points to a letter signed by a rabbi who worked directly for Schneerson as evidence that the cup, which measures 8 centimeters (a little more than 3 inches) is authentic.

But Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, who served as a personal secretary and press director for the Rebbe, said his signature on the letter is not real, reports Jewish News Syndicate (JNS).

“The photo of the cup is certainly not of a becher used by the Rebbe,” Krinsky wrote in an email to the auction house. “I strongly advise that you remove this item from auction.” reports that Kedem is aware the item is a fake, but is continuing offering it on auction.

There are about 38,000 photographs of the Rebbe's "cup of blessing", when he was distributing wine from the cup to thousands of people after holidays. The cup in these photos does not precisely resemble the one being offered at auction.