Share this entry

Share this page

Habdalah

Line breaks: Hab|da¦lah
Pronunciation: /havˈdɑːlə
 
/
(also Havdalah)

Definition of Habdalah in English:

noun

A Jewish religious ceremony or formal prayer marking the end of the Sabbath.
Example sentences
  • As the Shabbat came to a close we recited the words in the Havdalah from the story of Purim, a prayer repeated optimistically by Jews for generations.
  • We finish Havdalah, the ceremony that separates Shabbat from the rest of the week, with an unspoken urgency; at its conclusion, we will wordlessly dash to the computer to check the news.
  • At the Synagogue bright photos and a clean design draw the very young reader into such rituals as Simchat Torah, Havdalah, and Shabbat.

Origin

from Hebrew haḇdālāh 'separation, division'.

Definition of Habdalah in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something