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Havdalah: (lit. “separation”); blessing recited over wine that concludes the Shabbat or festivals
What is Havdalah? ... When to Havdalah...The Ingredients... Recite the Introductory Verses ... Blessing on the Wine...Smell the Spices ... Look at the Light ... Say the Havdalah Blessing ... Wine & Wax...Farewell to the Queen
So you’ve been invited to a havdalah ceremony, and aren’t sure what to expect? Here’s what you need to know.
How to perform the havdalah ceremony at the conclusion of Shabbat and festivals.
Make Light, Not Dark
As the Shabbat Queen departs and darkness descends, the Havdalah ceremony fills us with hope and courage.
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Havdalah is Hebrew for “separation” and refers to the verbal declaration made at the end of Shabbat or a Jewish holiday, in which the holy day is separated from the mundane period that follows.
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...
The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of reciting Havdalah over a cup of wine at the conclusion of Shabbat, wherein we separate the holy from the mundane.
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