Havdalah: Concluding Shabbat

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Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Great for beginners, this thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the ritual, a step-by-step how-to guide of the Orthodox Ashkenazi custom and pronunciation, complete with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts, an audio recording,

How to Perform the Reform Havdalah Ceremony

How to Perform the Reform Havdalah Ceremony

In this 6 and a half minute long video, Rabbi Katie Bauman provides meaningful explanations and practical instructions for how to perform the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat. This video demonstrates the Reform custom, which includes the four central blessings of the ceremony sung to a popular tune

How to Perform the Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah Ceremony

How to Perform the Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah Ceremony

This 3 and a half minute long video demonstrates how to perform the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbbat. Narrated by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, the video begins with a short introduction to the purpose of Havdala, followed by a step-by-step commentary

How to Perform Havdalah According to Nusach Yerushalmi

How to Perform Havdalah According to Nusach Yerushalmi

This 5:40 minute long instructional video (in Hebrew with partial English subtitles) demonstrates how to perform the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat according to an interesting mixture of customs. It begins with a Hasidic custom to recite the prayer “Gutt Fon Avraham” (“God of Abraham”)

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

This thorough article from My Jewish Learning provides a basic outline of the Havdalah ritual that concludes Shabbat, along with an explanation of the meaning behind it, step-by-step written and video guides with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings, and YouTube videos

How to Make Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah (Printable PDF)

How to Make Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah (Printable PDF)

This two-page instructional guide provides a clear step-by-step explanation of how to perform the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat. Complete with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessing, this is an excellent resource for beginners. This printable PDF file was created by NCSY, an

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Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah Ceremony (Audio & Text)

Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah Ceremony (Audio & Text)

These resources from Aish.com present the audio and Hebrew, English, and transliterated text of the Havdalah ceremony, according to Orthodox Ashkenazi custom and pronunciation. The four blessings are preceded by biblical verses that praise God and inspire faith in divine salvation. 

Reconstructionist Havdalah with Masculine & Feminine God Language

Reconstructionist Havdalah with Masculine & Feminine God Language

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the Reconstructionist Havdalah ceremony, where each of the four blessings is displayed twice – once using feminine God-language and once using traditional masculine God-language. The English translation offers a soulful interpretation of the text that emphasizes

Reform Havdalah (Text & Audio)

Reform Havdalah (Text & Audio)

This straightforward post presents the Reform tradition for the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including an audio recording that uses Jewish American singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman‘s popular melody and the full Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessing. The Reform Havdalah ceremony contains only the four

Reconstructionist Havdalah and the Concept of Chosenness

Reconstructionist Havdalah and the Concept of Chosenness

This post includes the Hebrew and English text of the Havdalah ceremony according to Reconstructionist tradition, as well as an explanation of the variations from the traditional text. To hear an audio recording, visit the Behrman House website and click on the green arrow (the small

“The Candle and Spices” – Traditional Yemenite Havdalah Song

“The Candle and Spices” – Traditional Yemenite Havdalah Song

This low quality 3 minute long video features Achinoam Nini singing a beautiful a capella version of the Yemenite song “The Candle and Spices,” traditionally sung at the Yemenite Havdalah ceremony. This poem is written by the sixteenth-century Yemenite poet Sa’adiah. Nini is an Israeli singer

Yemenite Havdalah (Hebrew)

Yemenite Havdalah (Hebrew)

This short audio recording presents the Yemenite Baladi custom for the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat. Nusach Baladi uses a unique Yemenite pronunciation of Hebrew, which some scholars regard as the most authentic and most closely related to the Hebrew of ancient Israel. The subtle chanting

Edot Hamizrach/Sephardic Havdalah (with Hebrew text)

Edot Hamizrach/Sephardic Havdalah (with Hebrew text)

This 2 minute long video demonstrates the Nusach Edot Hamizrach Havdalah commonly used by Jews of Sephardic and Mizrahi heritage. The Hebrew blessing is recited quickly, using a subtle chanting melody reflective of Oriental and Arabic musical influences. The full text of the blessing in Hebrew

Moroccan Havdalah

Moroccan Havdalah

In this 6 and a half minute long video, Israeli singer of Jewish hymns, Moshe Louk, leads the Havdalah ceremony according to the custom of Moroccan Jewry. A unique feature in the Moroccan tradition seen in this video is the recitation of the introductory song “Avarech

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Nava Tehila: A Serene Havdalah

Nava Tehila: A Serene Havdalah

This calming melody for the Havdalah ceremony was composed by The Nava Tehila Ensemble, a Jerusalem-based group who perform both original and traditional music that draws on Jewish, Israeli and world sources to create a spiritually uplifting experience. Led by Daphna Rosenberg, the Ensemble is

“The Candle and Spices” – Traditional Yemenite Havdalah Song

“The Candle and Spices” – Traditional Yemenite Havdalah Song

This low quality 3 minute long video features Achinoam Nini singing a beautiful a capella version of the Yemenite song “The Candle and Spices,” traditionally sung at the Yemenite Havdalah ceremony. This poem is written by the sixteenth-century Yemenite poet Sa’adiah. Nini is an Israeli singer

BBYO Sings Debbie Friedman’s Havdalah

BBYO Sings Debbie Friedman’s Havdalah

This 3 and a half minute long video features song leaders of the BBYO youth group singing the Reform version of the Havdalah ceremony to the popular melody composed by Jewish American singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman. BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish youth organization affiliated with B’nai B’rith International. 

Havdalah Medley Using Many Popular Melodies

Havdalah Medley Using Many Popular Melodies

This link presents a beautiful 7 minute long musical Havdalah medley that switches between many well known tunes. The opening paragraph “hine el yeshua’ati” is sung to the traditional melody from the Modzitz Hasidic group known for their musical compositions. “Layehudim” is sung to the

The Maccabeats & Netanel Hershtik Make Havdalah

The Maccabeats & Netanel Hershtik Make Havdalah

This 5 minute long video presents The Maccabeats & Netanel Hershtik singing havdalah to two popular melodies. The opening paragraph “hine el yeshua’ati” is sung to the traditional melody from the Modzitz Hasidic group known for their musical compositions, while the four central blessings of the

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Melody for the Opening Verses of Havdalah

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Melody for the Opening Verses of Havdalah

This 5 minute long audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original melody for “Hiney El Yeshuati,” the opening verses of the Havdalah ceremony. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994), also known as the “Singing Rabbi,” composed thousands of melodies and recorded over 25 albums. Although his roots lay in

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Havdalah 101

Havdalah 101

This thorough article from Wikipedia provides a comprehensive overview of the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including an introduction to the basic structure of the ritual, the meaning behind it, and variations depending on different customs and times in the Jewish calendar.  Havdalah Havdalah (“separation”) is a Jewish religious ceremony

What is Havdalah and Why is it Important?

What is Havdalah and Why is it Important?

In this 3 and a half minute long video, Dayan Ivan Binstock explains the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including the basic structure of the ritual as well as its important symbolic and spiritual meaning. Dayan Binstock is the Rabbi of St John’s Wood United Synagogue (Orthodox)

What Is Havdalah?

What Is Havdalah?

This thorough article from Chabad.org provides a comprehensive introduction to the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including an outline of the ritual, an exploration of the deep spiritual meaning behind it, and some technical details and customs about how to perform this ritual at different

The Mystical Meaning of Havdalah

The Mystical Meaning of Havdalah

In this almost 14 minute long video, Rabbi Alon Anava delves into some of the mystical reasons behind the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat. He explains the custom of rubbing a bit of the wine used for Havdalah on one’s eyelids, pockets, temples and the

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

This thorough article from My Jewish Learning provides a basic outline of the Havdalah ritual that concludes Shabbat, along with an explanation of the meaning behind it, step-by-step written and video guides with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings, and YouTube videos

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Great for beginners, this thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the ritual, a step-by-step how-to guide of the Orthodox Ashkenazi custom and pronunciation, complete with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts, an audio recording,

JOFA: The Women’s Role in Kiddush, HaMotzi & Havdallah

JOFA: The Women’s Role in Kiddush, HaMotzi & Havdallah

The following excerpt from the article “Halachot of Kiddush, HaMotzi and Havdalah, printed by The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), illustrates how women and men are equally obligated to  participate in the commandments of Kiddush (the blessing over the wine) and HaMotzi (the blessing over

The Significance of Fire in Judaism

The Significance of Fire in Judaism

This excerpt notes the universally recognized power of fire, as well as its particular significance in Jewish ritual, such as lighting Shabbat and Hannukah candles and the Havdalah ceremony. It comes from “The Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit,” a collection of articles aimed at Jews

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Blessing Over Separations: A Havdalah Poem

Blessing Over Separations: A Havdalah Poem

This poem by Shelby Handler focuses on the power and beauty of the special space created by distinguishing between two things. Written as a prayer to God, with emotive language and imagery, the author lists many different things between which we separate, including both basic

The Cup of Miriam Ceremony for Havdalah

The Cup of Miriam Ceremony for Havdalah

This ceremony over a cup of water can be added to Havdalah, symbolizing the miraculous source of fresh water that accompanied the Israelites in the desert. Known as “Miriam’s Well,” the Talmud explains that this blessed water was granted to the Children of Israel in

An Alternative Havdalah Ceremony Celebrating Jewish Diversity

An Alternative Havdalah Ceremony Celebrating Jewish Diversity

This post provides a link to “Havdalah: A Celebration of Difference,” an alternative ceremony written by Rabbi Leila Gal Berner to emphasize the idea of pluralism within the Jewish community. Written specifically to include Jews of patrilineal descent and Jews-by-choice who are not accepted by

A Humorous Skit About Havdalah Stereotypes

A Humorous Skit About Havdalah Stereotypes

This short video playfully pokes fun at different stereotypical behaviors associated with the Havdalah ceremony, such as “The Mumbler,” who mutters the entire ceremony quickly under his breath and “The Guy Who Has to Turn Off the Lights.” Aimed at an Orthodox audience who is

A Havdalah Prayer for Holy Separations

A Havdalah Prayer for Holy Separations

This poem by Trisha Arlin is praise for the things between which we separate, as well as the separation itself. Inspired by the Havdalah ceremony that distinguishes between the holiness of Shabbat and the mundane of the rest of the week, this poem references the

A Havdalah Poem

A Havdalah Poem

This short poem by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat is inspired by the Havdalah ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of a new week. The poem encourages readers to bring intention to this transformative ritual, bidding a heartfelt goodbye to the holiness of

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