After the you finish saying Havdalah what should you do? some examples.

  1. Dipping your pinkies into the wine and rubbing it on yourself. Where are supposed to do it? etc.

  2. Pouring the wine over the candle

  3. And one time I saw someone smelling the Havdalah candle after Havdalah?

If you have sources that would be the best.


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1 - Most customs I've seen put wine on their eye lids or over the eyes in keeping with the verse "Mitvat Hashem Barah Me'irat enayim" - "G-d's commandments enlighten the eyes". They also rub it in their pockets as a sign of parnassa.

2 - Done as a sign of a good omen for parnassah that the wine should be poured like water.

Sources for 1 & 2 are in the links mentioned in above comments.

3 - For what it's worth, see 2nd comment in this blog that says it's an omen for courage. I don't quite get the idea. As I stated in my comments, I've seen only 1 person do this. Let's just say that he WAS a good friend. Now, you know why...

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