Havdalah: Prayer for Holy Separations

Found In: Ending Shabbat: Havdalah

Tags: havdalah, tallit

By Trisha Arlin

Praise the Before, Praise the After, Praise the Time In Between.

I construct four walls and a roof and no windows.
I put in only one door, open it once a year, and never go in.
Inside the walls, Holy of Holies. Outside the walls, everything else.
All I did was build a temple.
 
I buy some fabric.
I put fringes on the corners and cover myself with the cloth.
Inside the cloth, I pray. Outside the cloth, I gossip.
But all I did was cover myself.
 
I have a candle, wine, and sweet smelling spices
I smell the spice, then I light the candle and dip it in the wine.
Before sunset, mindfulness and rest. After sundown, a week of new mistakes.
All I did was wait for it to get dark.
 
Praise Kadosh the holy,
Praise Khol the mundane,
Praise Ha Mavdil Beyn Kodesh Lekhol, that which differentiates between them.
Amen.