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Cosmic Separation: Lost Versions of Havdalah

Elie Kaunfer

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Talmud records a number of alternative versions of Havdalah, many of which appeared in ancient prayerbooks lost to history. We will examine these texts, their Biblical sources, and the ways in which they complicate the theological implications of Havdalah.

Elie Kaunfer

Mechon Hadar

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Elie Kaunfer is a rabbi and co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Mechon Hadar has launched the first full-time egalitarian yeshiva program in North America: Yeshivat Hadar (www.yeshivathadar.org), where Elie teaches Talmud. Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism (Jewish Lights). In 2009, Newsweek named him one of the top 50 Rabbis in America.

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