Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The structure of Havdalah


We have been learning about the Havdalah rite ending Shabbat and Yom Tov.

The basic order of Havdalah is:
1. Blessing on wine (or one of the other beverages we have discussed)
2. Blessing on spices
3. Blessing on a flame
4. Blessing of "Havdalah"

The verses we add before the blessings of Havdalah ("Hineih") are inserted in order to beautify the Mitzvah and to begin the week with verses of blessing and hope.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 296:1)

Have a great day,

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