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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A religious ceremony observed at the close of the Sabbath or a holy day.


Hebrew habdālâ, separation, from hibdîl, to divide; see bdl in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Separating this from this—habdalah, keeping apart what didn’t belong together, the great act of discrimination at the center of Jewish thought as well as Jewish diet—made it virtually impossible for the poor woman to lift a finger to anything else.

    Kalooki Nights

  • Talmud, Berakot, 4d) says that one hundred and twenty elders made dictions of Kiddush and habdalah.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon


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