Shabbat and Yom Tov share the same text of havdalah (the main bracha), both in davening and with wine. It all makes sense for Motzei Shabbat, but why do we mention המבדיל בין יום השביעי לששת ימי המעשה (Who separates between the seventh day and the six days of creation) after Yom Tov?

  • Shabbos is considered the archetype of kedusha vs chol.
    – andrewmh20
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:40
  • Why do we mention light and dark even when doing it without a candle?
    – Double AA
    Sep 30, 2015 at 3:31

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To flesh out andrewmh20's comment on the question, the Gemara (Chulin 26b) asks this and answers סדר הבדלות הוא מונה - we're giving the standard list of "divisions" mentioned in the Torah. As Rashi explains there, a division בין יום השביעי לששת ימי המעשה indeed isn't mentioned in those words in the Torah, but it is a suitable lead-in to the end of the bracha, המבדיל בין קודש לחול, since it is that kind of division.

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