A Shabbat soul is departing, a new week is arriving.
Saying farewell can be heart wrenching, even if the separation is temporary. The deeper the attachment, and the more comforting a person's presence, so is the moment of departure all the more dispiriting.
These are the sensations that Jews have struggled with for millennia, each week at the close of Shabbat.
Enter Havdalah - a service brief, but intensely powerful. Havdalah embraces all the senses: In addition to its uplifting text, it includes blessings over a lit candle, fragrant herbs, and a cup of wine.
Farewell dear Shabbat, until we meet again. May your blessings unfold in the hectic details of the coming workdays.