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Havdallah at the Reichstag

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Publication Date: November 2000

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Bradley Hirschfield

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (National characteristics)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Ritual; Community Relations; History

Type: Brief

Coverage: Germany


The author recounts a celebration of Havdallah (a ceremony marking the separation between the Sabbath and the rest of the week) held in a rooftop restaurant at the Reichstag, the seat of the German government. He reflects on the significance of separation and togetherness in light of recent German and Jewish history.