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Havdalah Service

A Pluralistic Saturday Evening Service by Ian Bliss

Havdallah

Blessing over the Wine בורא פרי הגפן

(Lift kiddush cup with wine) and say: “I will lift the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of God”. Then all join in singing the blessing:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY P'RI HA-GA-FEN.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן.

(After singing the blessing pass the kiddush cup around for everyone to take a sip; this is optional.)

Sing a niggun or a Hebrew song to again set the mood for the concluding Sabbath service.

Blessing over the Spices (B'samim) בורא מיני בשמים

Then someone holds the spice box up for all to see, and all join in singing the blessing:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates diverse kinds of spices.

BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY MEE-NAY V-SA-MEEM.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי בְשָׂמִים.

The spice box is passed around for everyone to smell.

If desired, sing a niggun or a Hebrew song to create the mood.

Blessing over the Candle (Ha'esh) בורא מיני האש

Then all join in singing the blessing:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the lights of the fire.

BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY M-O-RAY HA-AYSH.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מְאוֹרֵי הָאֵשׁ.

All hands are raised to the light.

Sing a niggun or a Hebrew song to create the mood.

Hamavdil Bein Kodesh l'Chol המבדיל בין קודש לחול

Invite all to join in singing the blessing and as they sing ask everyone present to cup their hands and hold them toward the flame of the candle so that their fingertips cast a shadow on the palm of their hands. In this way, the distinction between light and darkness is illustrated on their hand. We have been known to make shadow plays with our hands at our house.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, ruler of the world, who separates the holy from the mundane, light from darkness, Israel from the other peoples, the seventh day of rest from the six days of work. Blesed are You, Lord, who separates the holy from the mundane.

BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAI E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM HA-MAV-DIL BAYN KO-DESH L'KHOL. BAYN OR L-CHO-SHEKH. BAYN YIS-RA-EL LA-A-MEEM, BAYN YOM HA-SH-VEE-EE L-SHAY-SHET Y-MAY HA-MA-A-SEH. BA-RUKH A-TA A-DO-NAI HA-MAV-DIL BAYN KO-DESH L'CHOL.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמַּבְדִיל בֵּין קֽדֶשׁ לְחוֹל, בֵּין אוֹר לְחֹֽשֶׁךְ, בֵּין יִשְׂרָאֵל לָעַמִּים, בֵּין יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְשֵׁשֶׁת יְמֵי הַמַּעֲשֶׂה. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הַמַּבְדִיל בֵּין קֹדֶשׁ לְחוֹל.

Sing a niggun or a Hebrew song and while singin, the Havdalah candle is now extinguished in the wine.

Eliyahu HaNavi אליהו הנביא

All join in singing Eliyahu HaNavi

Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbaite, Elijah the Gileadite.
Soon, in our day, he will come to us with the messiah, son of David

E-LEE-YA-HU HA-NA-VEE E-LEE-YA-HU HA-TISH-BEE.
E-LEE-YA-HU E-LEE-YA-HU E-LEE-YA-HU HA-GEE-LA-DEE.
BEE-M-HAY-RA V-YA-MAY-NU YA-VO AY-LAY-NU
EEM MA-SHEE-ACH BEN DA-VEED, EEM MA-SHEE-ACH BEN DA-VEED.

אליהו הנביא, אליהו התשבי,
אליהו הגלעדי.
במהרה בימינו יבוא אלינו עם משיח בן דוד.

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