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Havdalla

A Pluralistic Saturday Evening Service by Hannah Pszenica

Havdallah

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Some people believe that if you put drops of the wine on your forehead you will be wise, and if you put them over your heart you will be kind

Hinei El Yeshuati הנה אל ישועתי

A cup of wine is taken in the right hand, and the following is said:—

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid: for God the Lord is my strength and song, and God is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. Salvation belongs unto the Lord: your blessing be upon your people. (Selah.) The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah.) The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honor. (So be it with us.) I will lift the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.

הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי, אֶבְטַח וְלֹא אֶפְחָד, כִּי עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ יְיָ, וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה. וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם מַֽיִם בְּשָׂשׂוֹן, מִמַּעַיְנֵי הַיְשׁוּעָה. לַייָ הַיְשׁוּעָה, עַל עַמְּךָ בִרְכָתֶךָ סֶּלָה. יְיָ צְבָאוֹת עִמָּנוּ, מִשְׂגָּב לָֽנוּ אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב סֶלָה. יְיָ צְבָאוֹת, אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם בֹּטֵחַ בָּךְ. יְיָ הוֹשִׁיעָה, הַמֶּֽלֶךְ יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם קָרְאֵנוּ.

לַיְּהוּדִים הָיְתָה אוֹרָה וְשִׂמְחָה וְשָׂשׂוֹן וִיקָר. כֵּן תִּהְיֶה לָּנוּ. (This line is then repeated after the service leader by everyone.)

כּוֹס יְשׁוּעוֹת אֶשָּׂא, וּבְשֵׁם יְיָ אֶקְרָא.

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.

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.

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Some people believe that if you put drops of the wine on your forehead you will be wise, and if you put them over your heart you will be kind

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Good Week: Shavua Tov!

A good week, a week of peace, may gladness reign and joy increase (2 times)

שבוע טוב! (Repeat 4 times)

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