Havdalah Drasha - What does this mean?

Why is this the name of this web site?

Havdalah in Hebrew means separation and is the name for the Jewish celebration at the end of Shabbat (Sabbath) about 15 minutes after sunset on Saturday night. This would be the start of the new week for them since days run from sunset to sunset. The ceremony is performed with a candle that has more than one wick to provide a lot more light than one candle alone will provide. For the Jewish family this time separates the holy time of Shabbat from the ordinary time of the rest of the week. 

We find this in the book of Acts chapter 20: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his message until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered together. " This was thus a Saturday night study which would be called a drasha in Hebrew that probably began around 7 PM and lasted, as it says, for nearly 5 hours until midnight. Since candle lighting was not allowed in a Jewish home during Shabbat this meant that the candle with many wicks or many lamps, which is a Havdalah candle, had probably been started after sunset after three stars had appeared in the sky.

We can presume from the previous versus that this was about two weeks after Passover which is the Feast of Unleavened Bread mentioned in Acts 20:6 which would make this likely to have  been a study in the book of Leviticus.  Since the time of Ezra and the return from captivity Jews have taken the Pentetuch or Torah of Moses and broken it up into 54 weekly readings called Parashat. Jews all over the world read the same scripture on the same day during the day of Shabbat or the Sabbath. 

The Havdalah Drasha ministry took this name because of the separation that  has taken place between the Jewish believers and Christian believers since the 4th century when Rabinic Judiasism developed the Mishna and other written creeds and the Christian church became Roman and both moved away from their common roots. Until that time most of the early believers or followers of Yeshua (Jesus) thought of themselves as a sect or part of Judiasm.

The split between the disciples of Yeshua and those of the traditional Jews came to a head in 132 AD during the Bar Kokba revolt when many of the Jews in Jerusalem and Galilee thought that Bar Kodba was the promised warrior king or Messiah. There could not be two Messiah's and the Jews and the Messianic Jews separated. Since that time Judiasm and Christianity continued to be separated which is what the name Havdalah means and is why it was chosen for this web site. A drasha is a teaching or sermon and that gets us back to the goal of this web site ministry which is to teach both Jews and Christians about the common beliefs of their faith. 

As the world turn further away from Israel and the Jews once again there is separation between G-d's people and the world but now it is time for the believing Church to stand by Israel and the Jews. The believing church did not stand up for the Jews in history but one of the things that will capture the attention of the world in this day and age will be Christians understanding and respecting the roots of our faith and demonstrating unity with our brothers by supporting them in their battles with world opinion. 

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