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a rite marking the end of the sabbath and major festivals

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Looking for a source that pregnant women should not smell bi'samim by havdalah

Looking for a source that pregnant women should not smell bi'samim by havdalah. I have come across a few people claiming this.
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Should you make a blessing over the spices if you temporarily can't smell? [duplicate]

It is customary to make a blessing before smelling spices during the Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat. I have read this is supposed to lighten the end of Shabbat and give a pleasant smell to ...
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Should havdalah be done in the sukkah

On sukkot, does havdalah have do be done in the sukkah after Shabbat? Does Halacha require this, or can it be done anywhere? If it is not required, is there still preference for it? As always, sources ...
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What is the source (if any) for using a six-wicked candle for Havdalah?

I have often heard that there is a Minhag to use specifically a six-wicked candle for Havdalah to represent the six workdays of the week. However I have not been able to locate a source for this. The ...
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Havdalah on a trip

If one is on a long trip (that started before Shabbat), and the time for Havdalah at the area they departed is different from the time in their current location, which one do they follow? (Note the ...
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When Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, do we do havdalah? Why?

This year in the diaspora, Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, and Simchat Torah begins as Shabbat ends. My understanding is that we light candles to usher in Simchat Torah, so I was wondering if we did ...
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What do women who normally abstain from drinking havdalah wine drink do when the Seder falls out after Shabbat?

There is a widespread custom that women do not drink from the wine used in the havdalah ceremony. When the seder falls out on motzei shabbat havdalah is incorporated into the kiddush, which women are ...
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Making Havdalah when one didn't have the mizva of shabbat

Does a minor who becomes bar mitzva on a Sunday have to make havdala? He technically didn't keep shabbat so he has nothing to separate from.
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Why are so many besamim cases decorated with flags?

I've noticed the trend but just look up besamim cases if you don't believe me :)
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If you are lost in the desert do you make havdalah first?

In Shabbat 69b there is a disagreement about how a person who has lost track of the day of the week should keep Shabbat Rav Huna said: One who was walking along the way or in the desert, and he does ...
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Water fasting from Sunday until Friday, to save time, and Havdalah

In a particular week, you have a lot of schoolwork you want to get done. You decide to do a water fast for most of the week, to save time. You'll consume only water, not food. A.) Are you allowed ...
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Water fasting from Sunday until Tuesday, to save time, and Havdalah

The main mitzvah of Havdala is to say it on Saturday night. (Source.) In a particular week, you have a lot of schoolwork you want to get done. You decide to do a water fast for a few days, to save ...
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Can one recite Kiddush and Havdalah by day on the same cup if he forgot Havdalah by night?

When Yom Tov falls out on Motzaei Shabbos, one recites Kiddush and Havdalah on the same cup of wine at night. If one said Kiddush but forgot until morning to say Havdalah, how should he proceed? Can ...
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Does Gan Eden smell like the havdahlah candle?

I’ve constantly heard from my family that after extinguishing the candles for havdalah you should smell them, I have found sources claiming this helps with smell and with memory but my family claims ...
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What is the reason for specifically using a Havdala candle made of beeswax?

The minhag for using Havdala candle made of beeswax is mentioned in Kaf-Hachaim 298:12. What is the reason that Havdala candles should specifically made of beeswax? What is the connection between ...
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Why is the latest to say havdalah on Tuesday?

What is the reason that havdalah can be performed until Tuesday in the evening at sundown? Why did chazal choose that specific day?
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Repeat shemoneh esrei if you forget to say atah chonantanu but you already said havdalah

If someone did havdalah before davening maariv, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei if he forgets to add “atah chonantanu”?
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Exhaling While Using an Angel's Name

This article quotes Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky as saying There's an angel whose name is the same as the sound produced when you blow out with force. According to Kabbalistic tradition, it's ...
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What is the source of saying pesukei bracha- after motzei shabbos marriv davening?

The Artscroll sidur mentions that these "Verses of Blessing" are a collection of Scriptural passages usually said at home after havdalah. Where did this originate from? Is it a minhag?
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

Although there are numerous customs, some have the custom that all present at the Seder - including women - recite Kiddush together. On a year such as this, where pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, what ...
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Ein sof and Havdalah

One of my favorite concepts (if one is allowed to have favorites) is ein sof (or ein od, or ein od milvado). A rosh yeshiva and mashpia once told me that when you say "echad" in the shema, ...
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Havdalah before the proper time [closed]

The Gemara Berachos 27b talks about making havdalah before the end of Shaabos: רַבִּי יֹאשִׁיָּה מְצַלֵּי שֶׁל מוֹצָאֵי שַׁבָּת בְּשַׁבָּת: אוֹמֵר הַבְדָּלָה עַל הַכּוֹס אוֹ אֵינוֹ אוֹמֵר הַבְדָּלָה ...
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Loss of smell - Borei Menei B’Samim [closed]

One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is the loss of smell. Is one still Yotzei their father bracha of Borei Menei B’Samim even if they cannot smell the B’samim?
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Order of Chanukah lights and havdalah

When I was leading the conclusion of the Shabbat service yesterday, I asked someone to light the Chanukkah candles, who asked me if we rather did havdalah first. I know that in a synagogue setting we ...
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Do Women Look at Fingers for Havdala?

At least in some communities, women haven't been seen looking at their fingers during havdala for the bracha on fire. (Badei Hashulchan (96:12) – לא ראיתי שנשים יביטו בצפרנים אחר בומ״ה) Is it just me ...
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Besamim on a Cinnamon Bun or Danish

Motzei Shabbos when making Havdala one realizes he has no cloves, cinnamon sticks or any other spice to make the Beracha (blessing on fragerences) Borei Minei Besamim. Can the person take a cinnamon ...
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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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"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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Why is it allowed to delay Havdalah until Tuesday afternoon?

I have never understood how Havdalah can be said until Tuesday at sunset. I mean, if one cannot eat or drink (except water) until saying Havdalah, is it possible that one can go three days without ...
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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- Why do we laugh after Gefen in Havdalah - Laughing after drinking Wine on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday NIght) 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 a ...
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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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