Havdalah – Saying Good-bye to Shabbat


How do you separate from something or someone you cherish? The havdalah ceremony is designed to separate us from the sacred time of Shabbat and transition us into the secular work week. In this resource, students will study the havdalah text with video clips of different havdalah renditions and customs. In order to personalize and concretize this ceremony of farewell to the Shabbat, learners will brainstorm the “powers” they receive from Shabbat (see attachment below), and create havdalah items for use in their homes.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. Understand ways in which we experience separation from things we cherish and how the ritual of separation from Shabbat enhances both sacred and secular time.

  2. Know the meaning of the havdalah ceremony text and how we practice the ceremony itself.

  3. Be able to recite/sing the havdalah text and design and create one or more of the ritual objects that are used in the ceremony to bring back to the home

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. Further study option/s to related JEBD materials and related links

  6. How to do it sources and materials for implementing rituals

Student handout, computer, art materials for creating havdalah ritual objects

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