The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El carries Havdalah sets and candles and many other Judaica items.
The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.
You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment by email. We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!
Explanation: Havdalah is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Sabbath and Jewish holidays, and ushers in the new week. The ritual involves lighting a special havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices.
History: By Jewish tradition, the Havdalah blessing, like its counterpart, the Kiddush blessing which opens Shabbat, is attributed to the Men of the Great Assembly (“Anshei Knesset Ha-Gedolah” in Hebrew), a legislative body of 120 Sages that was founded by Ezra the Scribe in either the sixth century B.C.E. (secular scholarly timeline) or the fourth century B.C.E. (traditional Jewish scholarly timeline), depending on the historical timeline one follows, following the completion of the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and hence the start of the Second Jewish Commonwealth.