Havdalah

A religious ceremony observed at the close of the Sabbath or a holy day.

Havdalah (or Habdalah or Havdala), is a Jewish religious ceremony that symbolically formally concludes the Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and many Jewish holidays. According to Judaism, the Shabbat ends-- and the new week begins-- at nightfall, and not at midnight. Therefore, Havdalah may be made as soon as three stars are visible in the night sky. Some communities have the custom to delay making Havdalah until later, in order to prolong Shabbat. If for some reason one cannot make Havdalah on Saturday night, it may be observed as late as Tuesday evening.

Havdalah is normally recited over kosher wine or kosher grape juice, but other beverages may be used under certain circumstances. On completion of the Shabbat, a candle with more than one wick is used, and spices to commemorate the departure of the "added soul" of the day. After Yom Kippur, a candle is used but not spices.

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