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Havdalah


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ xxii ] (Hebrew, ‘separation’) The ceremony of separation between the end of the holy time of Sabbaths (S habbat ) and festivals (C hagim ) and the beginning of profane time, before work can be undertaken or food eaten. A full havdalah is made after Shabbat with blessings over wine, or other national drink, over spices, and over a multi-wicked candle as the hands are stretched towards its light [59: 26]. A blessing is then recited acknowledging that God divides between holy and profane, between light and darkness, between Israel and the nations, and between the seventh day and the six working days. The wine is then drunk and the candle extinguished [69: 91]. Shorter versions of this ceremony are performed at the end of Y om kippur (no spices) and at the termination of festivals (no spices and no candle). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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