When Megilah reading is Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) what is said first, Havdalah or Megilah and why?

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    Tadir v'sheaynoi tadir, tadir koidem? – Tzvi Mar 18 '11 at 1:48
  • Thats my question is it true or do we lengthen Shabbos? – SimchasTorah Mar 18 '11 at 2:05
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    I know it comes up on Chanukah about lighting menorah – SimchasTorah Mar 18 '11 at 2:05
  • Look at my answer for a treatment of all the issues brought up in your question and the comments. – Yahu Mar 18 '11 at 4:26
  • Except for the Hanukah issue and why there might be a difference between Ner Hanukah and Megia on MS. – Yahu Mar 18 '11 at 4:32

Ashkenazim and Sefardim do Havdalah after Mikrah Megilah as per S.A. Rema 693 1 in the name of the Sefer Minhagim, the reason being that we do whatever we can to push off leaving Shabbos. Since there is this consideration we do not look at which is tadir. The frequency of a mitzvah is only considered as a factor for precedence when all other things are equal.

However Kaf HaHayim (Sefardi) does say in the name of Bigdei Yesha that if he is reading Megila in his home, better to make Havdalah first so as to minimize the chance of him doing Melacha before Havdalah.

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    I ws wondering why today where people will drive back to Shul why they should not make Havdala at least if they know they will drive – SimchasTorah Mar 18 '11 at 4:31
  • That is a great question that should be asked as a stand alone! – Yahu Mar 18 '11 at 4:38
  • Perhaps Eish, though, should be said before Megillah as you are benefiting from the light by reading the Megillah. – Double AA Oct 7 '12 at 5:38

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