Friday, November 20, 2009


One of the nicest new CSH events for me is the Havdalah get togethers. Notice that I didn't say service. There is a service. It is brief, it lets us sing, smell pleasant spices and watch a candle flicker. These are all relaxing, mellow moments but not the reason that I like the Havdalahs. I like them because there is discussion, discussion that helps to make Judaism meaningful. That's not to say deep and profound insights are made but, still it brings Judaism up to date. Also religion for me is about being in a community. Havdalahs bring our community together in gentle low key activity (contrasting with the exuberant partying of Vacation Send Off- which is great but in a different way.
Its a Charverah , a gathering of friends.