havdalah

Pronunciations

havdalah (hahv-dah-LAH)
havdalah (huhv-DUH-luh)
Havdalah (hav-dawl-ah)

Definitions

  • n. "Literally 'separation'. The ceremony that marks the end of [the Sabbath] on Saturday evening." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Come to our house after havdalah."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • הבדלה

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      havdole, havdala

Notes

  • There are three main ritual objects used during the ceremony: a double wicked candle, wine or grape juice, and spices.

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