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On a Jewish listserve that I subscribe to, somebody posted the following question:

Does anyone have the music and an outline for the havdalah service? I want to do havdalah before an event for the young professionals group I am part of.

How should I respond to her message?

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What is your goal? Are you looking for appropriate music? Are you trying to discourage or alter the event in some way? – Monica Cellio May 17 '12 at 12:43
If they're good enough they can try this – Baal Shemot Tovot May 17 '12 at 18:04

Many use the popular melody by Debbie Friedman. Its simple, easily found in shireinu or other sources and has lots of 'lai-lai-lai" for those who might not know or remember the words or are too lost in thought about the young professional across the room to have any kvanah...

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Those lai-lai-lais can also be extended easily for as long as it takes to pass spice boxes through the crowd. – Monica Cellio Nov 6 '13 at 4:24

At least the introductory portion "Hinei el yeshuati" in this video is a common tune used as camps, some yeshivas, etc. While they say the brachot in this video, some continue that tune.

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I love the music of Reb Shlomo! Thanks so much for that video. – Adam Mosheh May 17 '12 at 5:48

We have used in my shul tunes from "Like a Braided Candle - Songs for Havdalah" by Gail Javitt. I have it in CD form. It is available from amazon. The tunes are easy to learn.

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