Starting the Week by Saying Goodbye
On Sunday morning, Aliza’s second grade class started the week by saying goodbye to Shabbat with a ceremony called Havdalah. Havdalah means “separation” – it separates Shabbat from the new week that is beginning.
There are four parts to the Havdalah service:
- We say a blessing over the wine
- We sniff the sweet smelling spices in the spice box
- We light the tall twisted Havdalah candle. The candle has many wicks so the flame burns brightly.
- We put out the candle’s flame by dipping it in the wine from the Kiddush cup
During the Havdalah ceremony, we say good-bye to Shabbat hoping that its sweetness will last all week long. Once the candle has been extinguished, we wish one another “Shavuah Tov” – a good week.