One may use bread for Kiddush if wine or grape juice are not available but may one use bread for havdallah when wine or grape juice are not available?


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One cannot use bread for havdalah. If one has no wine or grape juice, one can use chamar medinah. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 296:2)

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    Unless Sunday is Yom Tov, then you can use bread
    – Double AA
    Jun 20, 2019 at 11:06
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    For other readers, what @DoubleAA implies is that when Yom Tov follows Shabbat, the Kiddush incorporates havdallah. As the "main" prayer is Kiddush, one may use bread for Kiddush.
    – DanF
    Jun 20, 2019 at 14:17
  • This answer is definitive for Sephardim (as supported by @Yishai's comment above), does it hold for Ashkenazim as well? Jun 20, 2019 at 16:44
  • Yes. The ruling of the Shulchan Aruch seems to be uncontested.
    – BigJohn
    Jun 20, 2019 at 22:33

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