Day 2 | Start to Notice. December | Tevet

The Blessing of Distinction

In this source sheet, we will explore traditional blessings that express gratitude for the ability to make distinctions, to separate and discern. Interestingly, one of these blessings is in the context of the desire and pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, with an additional layer and blessing added on Saturday night, during the liminal transitional period between Shabbat and the rest of the week, as a significant element of the Havdalah ritual. The Hebrew word Havdalah means “separation” or “distinction” and the ritual helps us move from one time to another while paying attention to the space in between. 

We invite you to explore these blessings along with additional sources and find out how they can serve as a recipe for gratitude.