Havdallah at the Reichstag


Publication Date: November 2000

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

Author(s): Bradley Hirschfield

Research Area: Culture and religion

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.