Choose Your Favorite From These Havdalah Sets
Shabbat is such an important weekly tradition that we can’t end the day of rest without acknowledgement. Cue Havdalah, the ritual ceremony in which we separate Shabbat from the rest of the week by reciting blessings over a cup of wine, sweet smelling spices, and a burning flame once three stars appear in the sky. In order to conduct Havdalah, you will need a Havdalah set which typically includes a braided candle, spice box, and kiddish cup, plus a tray to hold the items. You’ll also need matches for the candle, wine or grape juice, and the requisite spices for the spice box – cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon are all typical.
If you and your family mark the end of Shabbat with the Havdalah ceremony on a weekly basis, your Havdalah set should be beautiful, but more importantly, practical. This isn’t simply a display piece in the living room of your home. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your havdalah set: The candle holder should be able to properly fit a braided candle and the lid on the spice should close securely. The set should also be durable and made of a material that can withstand weekly use.
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Havdalah Sets on Amazon
Havdalah sets are generally quite expensive, but these next couple of options are some of the most affordable on the market.
Yair Emanuel Havdalah Sets (Made in Israel)
Yair Emanuel is one of the foremost contemporary Judaic artists and designers. Emanuel currently lives in Jerusalem and his designs are inspired by his life in the holy city. He was born on Kibbutz Shaalvim, and grew up Orthodox. His religious upbringing still inspires his work, although he has more liberal views today. He studied art at the Bezelel Academy of Art and Design and enjoys working with decorated wood and textiles, especially silk.
Given the extraordinary quality of his work, the prices of his havdalah sets are actually quite reasonable. Many of his pieces can be purchased for just under one hundred dollars. I have linked to a few different online stores so that you can compare prices with sales and shipping costs to find the best deal.
Quest Havdalah Sets
If you are looking for an exquisite havdalah set, these pieces from Quest are pricey, but truly remarkable. The sets are handmade and Swaroski crystals decorate each piece.
Travel Havdalah Sets
If you or someone you know is leaving their hometown to serve in the military, heading off to college, or working as a digital nomad, these travel havdalah sets are compact and easy to transport.
Havdalah Sets on Etsy
I had high hopes for the havdalah sets on Etsy but truthfully, there was not a wide selection and the prices were steep. Some sets were upward of a thousand dollars! I’ll include a link to the landing page for havdalah sets on Etsy so that you can check the options out for yourself, but I wanted to give you fair warning that there is limited optionality. On the other hand, if you are looking for handmade, one of a kind pieces for decorative purposes, then you might just find the perfect one for you.
Which of these Havdalah sets were your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! And, don’t forget to check out these other posts on the BMA blog: