Havdalah Sets & Candles
As Shabbat departs on Saturday night, we are commanded to perform the Havdalah ritual, Hebrew for “separation.” The Havdalah requires a number of indispensible items, which together make up the Havdalah set and represent different Jewish beliefs.
The Havdalah set consists of a Kiddush cup, spices or incense, and a multi-wick candle. Each item plays an important role in the ceremony: we fill the Kiddush cup with wine in order to give the ceremony the high status it merits. We smell the incense because of the Kabalistic belief that the sense of smell is the only sense that can affect our soul. Our soul, which is miserable as Shabbat leaves, is placated with pleasant aroma. Finally, we light the candle in remembrance of the first time Adam and Eve lit a fire using two stones.
The three components of the Havdalah set, in addition to representing deep-seated beliefs, vary greatly in shapes, colors and materials. The most popular type of Havdalah set in Judaica stores is sterling silver. There are numerous reasons that explain the steadfast popularity of sterling silver Judaica. For one, it is cheaper than gold. Another possible reason is that sterling silver, unlike many other currently-popular metals, has been in use for a long time. Many people remember seeing sterling silver Judaica at their grandparents’, giving it an “antique – feeling,” just like Judaism itself. The massive popularity of the sterling silver Havdalah set proves that, by-and-large, people like their Judaica traditional.
Stained glass Havdallah sets are also widely seen lately. Stained glass art can be made not only by artisans of the highest caliber, but also by people who took a crash course in stained glass art and have decided to experiment with it. Stained glass Havdalah sets are not only beautiful; they are the perfect fit for those who wish for their religious items to be rich in color. Also, they can make for a great combination of modern and antique looking art.
When visiting the holy land, and in particular the holy city of Jerusalem, there are at least two sets that are tourist favorites: ceramic and Jerusalem stone. The main appeal of these Havdalah Sets is their reminiscence of Jerusalem itself, which is predominantly made of Jerusalem stone. Many people feel that having a Jerusalem stone Havdalah Set, or any Judaica for that matter, makes them feel as if they have a small part of Jerusalem in their own living room. A Havdalah set is a great gift for a Bat Mitzvah or Jewish wedding to accompany the gift of a Tallit and Tallit Bags.
There are many types of Havdalah sets, both antique and modern. With so many types of Jewish art today, it is wonderful to see how we can take a generic ceremony such as the Havdalah, a ceremony with clear rules and procedure, and imbue it with ample individuality.Contact Us with any questions regarding Havdalah sets and candles.