Shabbat / Havdalah Set
The Unity of Shabbat
The Friday night liturgy has an atmosphere, a metaphor, a liturgy, a language unique in the Jewish liturgical week.
We call the Friday evening prayer service Kabbalat Shabbat, which means "welcoming the Shabbat.” We imagine the Shabbat as a bride or a queen, the Kallah, and we literally greet her on Friday night with the song/poem Lecha Dodi.
The Exile of the week is over on Shabbat. On Shabbat that which is partial finds its whole, so too with human beings, if we are willing to enter all the lost spaces inside of ourselves. On Shabbat, we receive what we are missing.
On Saturday evening, we prolong the departure of Shabbat with Melaveh Malkah, an accompanying of the Queen that tries to delay her departure, as it were, with what she loves the most: stories and songs.
We make Havdalah on Saturday night to mark the separation between Shabbat holy time and weekly not-yet-holy time, but the emphasis is on unity, integration, not separation. The Shabbat, in its welcoming and in its departure, is a unity experience. We usher it in on Friday night, we gently mark its departure with Havdalah on Saturday night.
I created the Sefirotic Shabbat / Havdalah Shleimut (wholeness) Set to emphasize the integrative experience of Shabbat. Instead of a distinct Shabbat set and Havdalah set, I saw an opportunity to design the sets as one to convey the feeling of wholeness.
Each piece increases in height and forms an upward spiral, from the shortest Shabbat candlestick to the highest Havdalah candlestick, to express the fulfilling experience of Shabbat.
7 pieces include:
- two candlesticks and wine cup for Friday night
- wine cup, spice holder and Havdalah candlestick for Saturday night
- and a dish
Each wine cup exceeds the 4 ½ fluid ounce Halachic requirement.
- Cast bronze
- Pieces range in height from about 7” to 8”
- Each piece has 3 sides, each side is about 2-1/4” wide
- Dish has a 6-3/4” diameter and is 1-1/2” high including the legs.
- Signed limited edition, museum quality.
- Production lead time is about eight to ten weeks.