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- proper n. Alternative form of Havdalah.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A religious ceremony among orthodox Jews at the close of the Sabbath.
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The older I get, the more enamoured I grow of the principle of Habdalah.
We have earlier discussed Habdalah, the keeping apart of that which should not be confused.
In its way, Habdalah is a justification for the idea of art.
For that, simply, is what Habdalah means: separation.
Habdalah prayers which involved a transition from sacred time to ordinary time.
Habdalah the sacred and the profane were distinguished through a ritual of anointing which set aside holy objects, persons, and spaces for God's service.
What the woman ushers in on the eve of the Sabbath, the man bids farewell to at its close, pouring out a glass of wine, lighting a single candle, perhaps shaking a spice box whose aromas symbolize the additional soul to which the Sabbath has given him access, and reciting the Habdalah benediction—a thank you to the Almighty for drawing a distinction between the holy and the profane, between light and darkness, between the six days of creation and the seventh day of rest.
But in this case it’s the aesthetics rather than the morality of Habdalah that’s decisive: the laws governing art and form, giving due place to this or that, honoring the beauty of things in their separateness and season.