Havdalah means separation in Hebrew. The Havdalah service takes place after darkness falls on Saturday night; it marks the separation between the end of Sabbath and the beginning of a new week. An essential part of the Havdalah service is the b’samim box, or spice box. Rabbis say we are blessed with a second soul during Shabbat, and it leaves our body with the Havdalah service. The sweet spices remind us of this second soul and the happiness of the Sabbath that has passed.


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