And with its dimmed lights, sensuous spices, braided candle, and jumping flame, I love the Havdalah
The candle-lighting and havdalah
times and Torah readings were unaltered by the week's horrifying events because no human act can stop Shabbat's arrival and departure.
Youth movements and summer camps offer virtual Havdalah
. Family and friends separated by geography "meet up" for a virtual shiva minyan.
"The media for the engagement between transcendence and immanence are the same as those with which the world itself was created: light, horizon, breath, pattern, the holiness of distinctions." (38) In referencing the "holiness of distinctions," Kahn calls to mind the Jewish concept of havdalah
, the separation of holy from ordinary space or time, embodied weekly by the ritual that concludes the Sabbath.
Other storylines have included a Yom Kippur break-fast, a Passover Seder aboard a cruise ship and a Havdalah
ceremony that devolves into a fight over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
If he makes havdalah
over wine on Saturday night, as it says, You must distinguish between the sacred and the profane (Lev.
A spice box, used for the havdalah
service bidding farewell to the Sabbath, contains skeletons that allude to the sack of Zion in the book of Lamentations.
As the ritual of Havdalah
shows us at the close of Shabbat with candle and spice, where there is light, so too there is shadow.
One box, for example, could commemorate Havdalah
, the ceremony that marks the end of the Sabbath each Saturday night.
In Jewish custom even today, the end of the Sabbath day is marked by a ritual of candle lighting and blessing called Havdalah
The next night will feature Havdalah
as well as the deconsecration of the Persky Sanctuary.
Thus, Nana Clover has a Thanksgiving centerpiece, the Danziger family has a havdalah
candle to bless the ending of Sabbath, the Erickson's have a Santa Lucia candle for Kirsten's crown to celebrate Santa Lucia Day, Donte's family has a Faith candle for the kinara, and finally Nasreen and Faruq have a candle to help guide their father to their new apartment home when the power goes out.