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Yeshiva.org.il Ask the Rabbi writes: Both opinions are mentioned. I personally use besamim. On Motzei Shabbat which is yom tov, no besamim are used since the bessamim "revive " us from the shock of losing our elevated status (neshama yetara), but the joy of yom tov makes this unnecessary. Chol Hamoed also has joy, but not to the same degree. ...
The question starts with when you can fulfil someone else's obligation by saying a blessing for them. The Rambam (Brachot 1:10) writes (based on Bavli RH 29): כל הברכות כולן, אף על פי שבירך ויצא ידי חובתו, מותר לו לברך לאחרים שלא יצאו ידי חובתן, כדי להוציאן--חוץ מברכת ההניה שאין בה מצוה, שאינו מברך לאחרים אלא אם כן נהנה עימהן. אבל ברכת ההניה שיש בה ...
The Chayei Adam (2:8:23) address your point and encourages men to teach their wives (who were generally in charge of lighting the candles and were largely uneducated) to recite ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לקודש before lighting the Yom Tov candles on Saturday night.
See Pri Chadash 671:4 that distinguishes between an אבוקה (torch) and a מדורה (bonfire) - Shulchan Aruch 671:4 only invalidates a מדורה and therefore an אבוקה of just two wicks is permitted (see also Magen Avraham S"K 4). For Havdala an אבוקה is enough. [Many poskim argue and do not make this difference thought].
Torah is not all or nothing. Meaning: a person who does not make kiddush can give tzedakah. A person who eats pig can visit the sick put on teffilin and avoid wearing shatnez. It is important to nurture the impulse to do mitzvahs and jump on any moment that you are moved to do so.
Rav Dovid Feinstein was asked this question and he answers in the sefer L'Torah V'Horaah pg.28 The person asked what should he say since the Biur Halacha ends with a tzarich iyun. Rav Dovid answered ,it seems to be reliant on a machlokes Rishonim.Is it a tashlumim or do we say a chyiuv is on him still.He brings the Rosh from perek mi shameisu siman 2 that ...
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