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n. The spices in the spice box used for the Havdalah ceremony.
n. Israeli slang for recreational drugs.
"Shari, bring me the wine and the besamim box. Bobbie, bring me the candle." (Glinert)
"The purpose of the besamim is to cheer us up from the loss of our “extra souls” (neshama yetaira) which depart at the conclusion of Shabbat (Rashbam to Talmud Pesachim 102b)." (source)
"In the course of the havdalah ceremony, we sniff at besamim -- aromatic herbs, spices, or fruit (whole cloves are very popular)." (source)
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Hebrew בשמים besamim 'spices, specifically those used for Havdalah', Yiddish בשׂמים bsomim 'spices, generally'
b'samim, bsamim, bisamim, besomim, b'somim, bsomim, bisomim
See also spice box.
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