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Why do we smell fragrant spices during the havdalah ceremony?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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At the conclusion of every Sabbath, during the "Havdalah" ceremony, we sniff at aromatic herbs or spices (whole cloves are very popular). When the spiritual Sabbath leaves and another mundane work-week arrives, it is necessary to resuscitate ourselves by smelling a pleasant fragrance.

When the spiritual Sabbath leaves and another mundane work-week arrives, it is necessary to resuscitate ourselves by smelling a pleasant fragrance
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Havdalah
Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.