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Spice for the Soul

Shabbat and the Havdalah Service

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Spice for the Soul: Shabbat and the Havdalah Service

Our sages tell us that on Shabbos we are endowed with an “additional soul.” Upon her departure at the conclusion of Shabbos, we inhale the aroma of spices in order to “restore” our soul, which pines after the additional soul that has now left. But what is this additional soul? And why is it unique to Shabbos and not Yom Tov (festivals)? In answering these questions, this class will offer insight into the Havdalah service at the conclusion of Shabbos, and into the very nature of Shabbos itself. (Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol.31, pp. 191ff)
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Besamim, Shabbat, Havdalah

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This class analyzes an aspect of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. While providing a basic understanding of the subject matter, the lesson delves into its deeper and more complex dimensions with emphasis on the spiritual relevance to our daily lives. Inspiration for both the novice and advanced student.
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