How to Perform the Orthodox Ashkenazi Havdalah Ceremony

This 3 and a half minute long video demonstrates how to perform the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbbat. Narrated by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, the video begins with a short introduction to the purpose of Havdala, followed by a step-by-step commentary as a family performs the ritual. With onscreen transliteration of the Hebrew blessings and explanations of the various gestures and customs, this is a helpful resource for beginners. The video is from The United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in Europe, comprised of 64 British Orthodox Synagogues with over 40,000 members. The full Hebrew, English, and transliterated text of the blessings can be seen below, in a printable PDF file from

Aish Havdalah