Definition of Habdalah in English:

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Pronunciation: /havˈdɑːlə/
(also Havdalah)


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.


From Hebrew haḇdālāh 'separation, division'.

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