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I know some people who use beer for havdalah motzai pesach. It seems from halacha that wine should always be used even during the 9 days. Is there a source for the custom to use beer for havdalah motzai pesach?

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Taame Haminhagim, footnote 70 to section 597 (page 249), says:

In the book Maase Rav of the gaon of Vilna, of blessed memory, item 185, the author writes that [the Vilna gaon] tried, on the night after [Pesach], to taste chametz, and also did not eat, after Pesach, matza one could fulfill the obligation [of matza] with, in order to distinguish performance of the mitzva: that one does it not for pleasure but because of the decree of the creator. This implies that there's some mitzva in showing that we do not need to eat [as on Pesach] any further. I've also heard that the rabbi of Sanz, of blessed memory, said havdala after Pesach on beer.

And in [Minhagim, by] the Maharil, laws of Pesach, page 19, the author writes, "On the night after Pesach, there was no chametz in the house of [?], and they were unconcerned and ate matza". See there.

  • What is the relevance of the parts aside from the one-liner about the rabbi of Sanz? – Double AA Jul 14 '13 at 7:39
  • @DoubleAA, the G'ra's custom may be why people say havdala on beer. The Maharil story shows that even if viewed as preferable it's not necessary. – msh210 Jul 14 '13 at 7:40
  • Sounds more like why people eat bread, noodles and cookies after havdala – Double AA Jul 14 '13 at 7:42
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Found it thanks to DoubleAA. The Rama 296:2 writes that is a custom to use beer on motzai pesach. However, on a regular motzai Shabbas he writes that pagum (someone drank from it) wine is better than beer.

  • It interesting because in hilchos kiddush if one has wine only enough for one thing it should be used for havdallah. – sam Jul 14 '13 at 5:58
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    here is a comment about it ohr.edu/5483#_edn16 but I'm missing something -- if beer is chomeitz, how does one have it to make havdalah over it? – rosends Jul 14 '13 at 13:40
  • @danno buy it from a non Jew. – Double AA Jul 14 '13 at 15:51
  • @DoubleAA so say hamavdil, go out and buy beer, and only then make havdalah? – Monica Cellio Jul 14 '13 at 16:04
  • @Monica I guess so. I've only heard of one person that actually did this. I stick to my grape juice, thank you very much. – Double AA Jul 14 '13 at 17:27

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