Congregation B’nai Harim hosts Havdalah service with crafts, music and song
Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, is celebrated from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. At the end of the Sabbath, there is another celebration called Havdalah, which is Hebrew for separation.
Congregation B’nai Harim will host a free event, including crafts and activities for all ages 5-7 p.m. May 11, at 506 Walsh Street in Grass Valley. The Sisterhood event will be followed by a short service with music and song. Though a free event, however, it’s asked attendees RSVP to ensure sufficient crafts and snacks will be available.
Havdalah marks the holy day (Sabbath) ending and its separation going into the “mundane” period of the upcoming week. It also marks its connection to the rest of the week. This separation ensures the holy day remains holy and that the ordinary days can be uplifted by the holy through the carry over of the transcendent vision of Shabbat to the upcoming week.
Havdalah includes fire, spices and wine. This is to ensure a person uses all five senses — to taste the wine, to smell the spices, to see the flame of the candle and feel its heat, and to hear the blessings.
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Source: Congregation B’nai Harim
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