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a rite marking the end of the sabbath and major festivals

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How to extinguish the havdalah candle [duplicate]

Is it custom or halacha that the havdalah candle must be extinguished by dipping it into the wine, as opposed to simply being blown out or snuffed out? This explains why the practice arose, but does ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

If one made havdalah over wine before praying maariv, and then in maariv he forgot to say chonantanu and has already completed shemoneh esrei, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei?
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Why is there no havdallah when going from Yom Tov into Shabbat?

When Yom Tov begins on Motza'ei Shabbat, havdallah is included in the Yom Tov Kiddush. However, when Shabbat follows a Friday Yom Tov, there is no Havdallah included in the Friday night Kiddush. Why ...
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May one use bread for havdallah?

One may use bread for Kiddush if wine or grape juice are not available but may one use bread for havdallah when wine or grape juice are not available?
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Burning the alcohol after havdallah

When I was a child, my grandfather, a"h, would specifically use whiskey (usually Slivovitz) for Havdallah. Then he would spill some of it onto a plate and douse the candle into the whiskey and watch ...
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According to all besides Rav, where is Shehechiyanu placed on Sunday Yom Tov, esp. according to Abaye?

Pesachim 102b-103a records a massive dispute regarding the order of Havdalah and Kiddush on a Yom Tov which falls out on Motzaei Shabbos: יום טוב שחל להיות אחר השבת: (1) רב אמר יקנה, (2) ושמואל אמר ...
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“Borei me'orei ha'eish” on havdalah candle holder

If one has a havdalah candle holder with the words "borei me'orei ha'eish" written on it in Hebrew, would it be proper or improper to use it as a havdalah candle holder, considering wax from the ...
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Why does this passage appear in both Megillat Esther and Havdalah? [duplicate]

This passage טו וּמָרְדֳּכַי יָצָא מִלִּפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, בִּלְבוּשׁ מַלְכוּת תְּכֵלֶת וָחוּר, וַעֲטֶרֶת זָהָב גְּדוֹלָה, וְתַכְרִיךְ בּוּץ וְאַרְגָּמָן; וְהָעִיר שׁוּשָׁן, צָהֲלָה וְשָׂמֵחָה. טז ...
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Is it permissible to say 'baruch hamavdil" in the bathroom? [duplicate]

One way to end Shabbos is by saying "baruch hamavdil bein kodesh lechol". It's a type of havdalah. Is it permissible to say this havdala in the bathroom?
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Saying Havdalah until Tuesday sunset!

I have never understood how Havdalah can be said until Tuesday shkiya (at sunset). I mean, if one cannot eat or drink (except water) until saying Havdalah, is it possible that one can go THREE days ...
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Can one use a clove-studded etrog for havdallah?

I have seen a few people encrust their "used" etrog with cloves and smell this during the havdallah service. Is this permissible? The reason I think this is a problem: The bracha on smelling the ...
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Does the wine cup have to overflow on motzai Yom Kippur

Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso rules that on Motzai Yom Tov one doesn't have to have the havdalah wine cup overflow. Would the same be true of Yom Kippur?
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On Motzei Shabbat/Tisha B'Av how is the Havdalah candle extinguished?

Since during a normal Havdalah you would extinguish the Havdalah candle in the wine but none is being used because Tisha B'Av starts Motzei Shabbat, what is the proper manner with which it should be ...
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Can you fly from American Samoa on Friday evening to Upolu? (30 minute flight, 24 hour difference)

Firstly I'd like to point out if you Google "Samoa" and "Shabbat" you would find many articles from 2011 that were referring to a time where Samoa changed the day of Saturday, it happened only once ...
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Making Havdallah with Shabbos Clothes

If one makes havdallah "after" Shabbos (i.e. they make it on Sunday or later) is there any reason to wear Shabbos clothing when making havdallah? (I have no reason to think one should wear, just ...
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Dating and Havdala candle

I've heard people talking about the merit of a good relationship with his shidduch in dating from the act of holding the Havdala candle. How does the two relate?
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Laughing during havdalah [closed]

I was, recently, staying with a group of Sefardim on Shabbat. During the havdallah service, after saying the bracha on the wine, the leader bent over, looked at the cup of wine for a few seconds and ...
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Havdallah Eish on a lightbulb

Apologies if this is a duplicate, I could not find this question on the site, or in any of the suggestions. May one say a blessing on light bulbs for shabbat is for Shabbos candles (Friday night), ...
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Smelling Besamim before Havdallah

According to our minhag that we smell Besamim during Havdallah as part of Havdallah, if one smelled Besamim after Shabbos before Havdallah (for whatever reason), should or can that person omit the ...
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Setting up havdallah involves touching mutzke… how permissible [duplicate]

If one does not daven arvit/maariv before havdallah it seems to me that he is not permitted to touch a candle, etc. (for not having said hamavdil). How does preparing for the havadallah ceremony where ...
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Should one relight the Havdalah candle that went out in the middle of Havdalah?

Background information: The Havdalah prayer is comprised of 4 blessings: Wine, Spices, Fire, and Havdalah. However, the middle two blessings are not really part of Havdalah itself, but rather, since ...
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Holding Havdala Candle

Is there any reason outside of practicality that one would need to hold a havdala candle? (Someone asked the question based on havdala sets having a candle holder)
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History of Braided Havdalah Candle

What is the history of the braided havdalah candle? Most of the sources I've found speak from an Ashkenazi perspective who usually used candles instead of oil for all lighting purposes. So is it an ...
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Havdoloh made by Israeli for chutznik after Thurs. Fri. (Yom Tov) and Shabbos - effective?

Reuven from outside Israel spends Yom Tov (Thursday, Friday [for him]) followed by Shabbos with Shimon, an Israeli. I was told that Shimon cannot make havdoloh for Reuven after Shabbos because Reuven ...
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Is it OK to say Havdala before Arvit?

Is it 100% permissible lechatchila to say Havdala before arvit on Motzae Shabbat or Yom Tov, if one is going to pray arvit late, for example, if one wants to go to a distant synagogue from his house? ...
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Can an Israeli and and American fulfill havdalah after Shabbos the first day of Yom Tov together?

Inspired by this answer and the comments following. If the first day of Yom Tov (not Rosh Hashana) is Shabbos, an Israeli will make a normal havdalah המבדיל בין קדש לחול, while someone from outside ...
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Does 'atah chonantanu' replace the first line of 'atah chonein,' or is it said in addition?

In my Koren Sacks siddur, the reader is instructed to substitute the first line of the usual אתה חונן with the אתה חוננתנו paragraph on Motzaei Shabbos and Motzaei Yom Tov. In my Artscroll siddur, ...
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Can you do late havdalah after yom tov

I know you can do havdala after shabbat till tuesday at sunset, with some restrictions, but can you do late havdalah after yom tov ended, also what if yom tov was on shabbat (for example yom kippur ...
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Why do we make the non-havdalah Brachos at havdalah if they're not necessary for the mitzvah?

As discussed here, not having spices or a flame does not prevent one from doing havdalah. All of them have their reasons for being a part of the service (see this Aish article, point #5, for those ...
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Doing Havdolah with no flame or spices

Suppose someone finds themselves with no candle to do Havdolah with. He neither has a Havdolah candle nor two candles in which to put together and light. What should he do? I would assume he would ...
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brachah on besamim during havdalah when only one species is used

Most of the time when people make a brachah on besamim during havdalah they are using one species of spice. If that is the case, then the proper brachah which should be made is בּורא עצי בשׂמים if it's ...
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Does Ata Chonantanu count if one didn't have requisite Kavana in the Amida?

According to Rambam in Hilchot Tefilla 4:15, if one does not have Kavanat HaLev for the Amida, the recitation of words does not comprise Tefilla. Tefilla is defined by "standing in the presence of ...
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Can ground coffee beans or instant coffee be used for b'samim during Havdalah?

Can instant coffee and fresh ground coffee be used for b'samim (spices) during Havdalah?
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When do German Ashkenazim make havdalah?

I know that there are several opinions regarding the calculation​ of the time of motsei Shabbas. What method of calculating the time for Havdalah is used in German Ashkenaz minhag?
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Why only four cups of wine during the seder instead of giving each obligation its own separate cup of wine?

Chazal instituted that we drink four cups of wine on Pesach night. The first cup of wine is that of Kadeish. In other words, the first cup of wine we would be drinking anyway to fulfill the normal ...
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Where does this Havdala-oriented prayer come from?

My father found the following apparently-Havdala-oriented prayer on an otherwise-blank page among my mother A"H's papers, handwritten by her. We don't know if it's something she composed or (more ...
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Source for needing to say “Boruch hamavdil ..” before doing a melacha after Shabbos

I believe that after Shabbos one must say “Boruch hamavdil bein kodesh lechol” before doing a melacha. Please can someone supply a source for this?
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Grace before maariv motzae Shabas?

I generally eat s'uda sh'lishis between mincha and maariv, and have been reciting birkas hamazon at night, after maariv. One who does so (and says havdala in the amida of maariv) does not recite the ...
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Ata Chonantanu when Yom Tov is Monday or Thursday

The last line of אתה חוננתנו is: אבינו מלכנו החל עלינו הימים הבאים לקראתנו לשלום חשוכים מכל חטא ומנקים מכל עון ומדבקים ביראתך How does it make sense to say הימים הבאים after Shabbos when Yom Tov ...
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Havdalah on Motzaei Shabbos Tishah B'Av

On Tishah B'Av that falls out on Motzaei Shabbos, one only makes a bracha on the fire in Havdalah. The bracha on the wine and the bracha of "Hamavdil Bein Kodesh Lechol etc." is pushed off to Sunday ...
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What to do regarding postponed havdalah on a plane?

If one is on a plane on Sunday night when the Tisha b'Av fast ends, is it possible to make havdalah on the plane in order to be able to break the fast? Airport security might not allow passengers to ...
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Why not recite Havdalah without wine on Saturday Night Tishah BeAv?

When Tishah BeAv falls on Shabbat and the fast is postponed to the next day, or when Tishah BeAv falls on Sunday, the problem arises how to deal with the requirement of making havdalah over a cup of ...
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Oneg Shabbos or Havadlah

If one only has a limited income and has a choice between Oneg Shabbos or Wine for Havadlah which goes first?
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Can one recite havdalah during daytime?

We know that havdalah is recited at the end of shabbat or festival at night. In some cases, such as if a person died on motzei shabbat, havdalah is delayed until the next day if the family can't say ...
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Havdalah - how important is it? [duplicate]

Is Shabbat over when the sun has gone down or is Shabbat over after the Havdalah ceremony? If it is the latter, does the Shabbat keep going for the rest of the week? Since the Torah says that Shabbat ...
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Benefiting from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat

Observant Jews do not resume doing melacha after Shabbat until after Havdalah. But not all Jews do this. So may you benefit from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat ends, even if he did not ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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From whom can one hear havdalah?

I know that some mitzvas have particularities about who can be yotzei, from whom, and under what circumstances. For example, for kiddush, one is required either to make it or hear it made by one who ...
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Mistake in Havdala- didn't drink Havdala cup

Someone made Havdala and forgot to drink the cup of wine. Did he and the listeners fulfill their obligation?
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Why mention Shabbat at Yom Tov havdalah?

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 ...