Treemont is pleased to announce the first of a monthly Havdalah services for Treemont residents this Saturday, September 10th at 5:30pm. The Havdalah service, performed around nightfall on Saturday, marks the end of the Jewish Shabbat that begins Fridays at sun down.
Three items are used to celebrate this ritual of Havdalah: (1) a glass of wine or other liquid; (2) some fragrant spices; and (3) a special multi-wicked Havdalah candle. The first of the four Havdalah blessings is made over the wine or grape juice.
The second blessing is recited over fragrant spices. The spices represent a compensation for the loss of the special Sabbath spirit. The spices commonly used are cloves, cinnamon or bay leaves. They are commonly kept in a special decorated holder called a b’samim box.
The third blessing is recited over the special, multi-wicked Havdalah candle. Lighting a flame is a vivid way of marking the distinction between the Sabbath and the weekday, because we cannot kindle a flame on the Sabbath.
The final blessing is the Havdalah blessing itself, the blessing over the separation of the different things. The blessing is recited over the wine. After the blessing is complete, drink the wine. A few drops of wine are used to extinguish the flame from the candle.
The Havdalah ("Separation") ceremony is a multi-sensory ritual employing our faculties of speech and hearing, sight, smell and taste to define the boundaries that GOD set in creation "between the sacred and the everyday."
This act of separation is what connects Shabbat with the rest of the week.
Please join us for the Havdalah Shabbat Service on the second Saturday in September. We are privileged to have Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss, the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Shma Koleinu, officiate at this lovely service at Treemont. Treemont also hosts "Schmoozing with the Rabbi" each month with Rabbi Dovid Goldstein.
Everyone is welcome to celebrate this beautiful tradition.
So, please do join us.