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A Pluralistic Saturday Evening Service by Rachel Fleisig
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Havdallah is the Saturday night service marking the end of the holy Shabbat. Shabbat is a holy day, a day of rest. We all enjoy Shabbat. Just as Shabbat is ending tonight, Passover will end in a few days. Though we may not enjoy not eating bread as much as we like resting, Passover is still a holy holiday. During this Havdallah service, let us try to think about the parts of Passover that we like, like our delicious matzah pizza.
(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:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן.
BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY P'RI HA-GA-FEN.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.
(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.
Then someone holds the spice box up for all to see, and all join in singing the blessing:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי בְשָׂמִים.
BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY MEE-NAY V-SA-MEEM.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates diverse kinds of spices.
The spice box is passed around for everyone to smell.
If desired, sing a niggun or a Hebrew song to create the mood.
Then all join in singing the blessing:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מְאוֹרֵי הָאֵשׁ.
BA-RUCH A-TA A-DO-NAY E-LO-HAY-NU ME-LECH HA-O-LAM BO-RAY M-O-RAY HA-AYSH.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the lights of the fire.
All hands are raised to the light.
Sing a niggun or a Hebrew song to create the mood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sing a niggun or a Hebrew song and while singin, the Havdalah candle is now extinguished in the wine.
Then the following may be sung.
הַמַּבְדִּיל בֵּין קֽדֶשׁ לְחֹל,
חַטֹּאתֵינוּ הוּא יִמְחֹל,
זַרְעֵנוּ וְכַסְפֵּנוּ יַרְבֶּה כַּחוֹל,
HA-MAV-DIL BAYN KO-DESH L'CHOL. CHA-TO-TAY-NU HU YIM-CHOL.
ZA-RAY-NU V'CHAS-PAY-NU YAR-BEH KA-CHOL, U-CHE-CHO-CHA-VIM BA-LAY-LA
May God forgive our transgressions and make our people as numerous as the sand, and as the stars of the night.
All join in singing Eliyahu HaNavi
אליהו הנביא, אליהו התשבי,
במהרה בימינו יבוא אלינו עם משיח בן דוד.
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.
Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbaite, Elijah the Gileadite.
Soon, in our day, he will come to us with the messiah, son of David
שבוע טוב! (Repeat 4 times)
SHA-VU-AH TOV! (repeat 4 times)
A good week, a week of peace, may gladness reign and joy increase (2 times)
Make sure you’re in a comfortable place, sitting or standing. Scan your body for tension. Place one hand on your abdomen and one hand on your chest.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose into your abdomen to push up your hand as much as feels comfortable. Your chest should move only a little and only with your abdomen.
Once you get into the rhythm, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, making a quiet, relaxing, whooshing sound like the wind as you blow gently out. Your mouth, tongue and jaw will be relaxed. Take long, slow deep breaths that raise and lower your abdomen. Focus on the sound and feeling of breathing, as you become more and more relaxed.
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