As a follow up to an answer given in Havdalah and fingers which says:

The Mishnah in Berachos 51b writes that one should not make the blessing of "Bore Moerei Ha'esh" should only be made if one benefits from the light of the candle.

My question is - Must one turn off dim all electrical lights in the room in order to receive the proper benefit from the candle light, only? In my shul, they do this. But I haven't seen this done too often in most shuls or in people's homes.


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Rav Eliyashiv psak is quoted in Ashrei Haish Perek 13:10(pg. 135) saying that one does not need to close the electric by the bracha of aish,and this is what he did in his own home.

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    "this" = "close the electric", or "this" = "rely on the not needing to close the electric"?
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 18, 2014 at 7:17
  • Does he give a reasoning?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 3:06

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