A cup of wine or grape juice, a small box of fragrant spices, and a braided candle: these are the three symbolic objects used in Havdalah, the Jewish ritual marking the end of Shabbat, or Sabbath. Shabbat is first mentioned in the story of the Exodus. “Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your G-d: you shall not do any work.” In modern times, Havdalah takes place on Saturday evening when three stars are visible in the sky. Many families begin the ritual by gathering in a circle. They recite a series of prayers involving the three symbolic objects. The first is the blessing over the wine: “Blessed are you, LORD, our G-d, sovereign of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.” In response, one family member holds up the wine cup. Then these words are spoken: “Blessed are you, LORD, our G-d, sovereign of the universe, who creates varieties of spices.” The box of spices is passed around for all to smell reminding them of the sweetness of Shabbat and awakening them to their workday responsibilities. Then these words are spoken: “Blessed are you, LORD, our G-d, sovereign of the universe, who creates the light of the fire.” The braided candle is held high. A fourth and final blessing ends Shabbat and ushers in a new workweek: “Blessed are you, LORD, our G-d, sovereign of the universe, who separates between sacred and secular . . . between the seventh day and the six days of labor.” After this, everyone takes a sip of wine, and the remainder is poured into a little dish. The candle is then extinguished in the wine. Many families conclude the ritual by singing a traditional song and then wishing everyone a good week.