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Where does this Havdala-oriented prayer come from?

This looks like an English translation of the Yiddish prayer גאט פון אברהם: גאט פון אברהם און פון יצחק און פון יעקב! באהיט דיין פאלק ישראל פון אלע בייזן אין דיינעם לויב, אז דער ליבער שבת קודש ...
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Why is there no havdallah when going from Yom Tov into Shabbat?

The source is the last Mishna in the first chapter of Chullin. Rav Ovadiah of Bartenura explains that indeed we only have a Havdala ceremony when moving from a higher holiness to a lower holiness, and ...
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Doing Havdolah with no flame or spices

You are essentially correct. There is a blessing to be said when you see fire on Saturday night. It is essentially entirely independent of Havdalah. If you're making Havdalah anyway (99% of cases) ...
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Can you do late havdalah after yom tov

Maharshal (to OC 299:6) rules that Havdala after Yom Tov has no late option and must be said that night. Rabbi Akiva Eiger (ibid.) quotes opinions who rule similarly, but he disagrees and rules that ...
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Benefiting from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat

The short answer is that this is allowed. There are two issues here Is work forbidden before havdala? Can you benefit from work done by a Jew after shabbat if he hasn't done havdala? The answer to ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

The Shulchan Aruch rules (O.C. 294:1) that in general one need not repeat Shemonah Esrei for forgetting Atah Chonantanu. The exception where one does have to repeat it is if he also ate before making ...
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What is the reason for specifically using a Havdala candle made of beeswax?

This is beyond my pay grade, but the source that you cite in your question provides the reference that explains the custom (Pri Etz Ḥaim, gate 18, ch. 24). There, R. Vital teaches that the gematria ...
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Forgot atah chonantanu in maariv, but have to say tashlumin

The basic rule by tashlumin is that for all make-up prayers, the first prayer is the current one and the make-up is said afterwards. If this order is switched, the first prayer is invalid (S.A. O.C. ...
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Marijuana for B'Samim at Havdallah?

Another question on this site asks about whether or not one makes a bracha of marijuana. Most people who I've spoken to have told me that it smells terrible, or at least the smell is not pleasant in ...
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Dipping fingers in Havdalah Wine

An early source for this is the Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer (ch. 20) which states that it is a mitsvah to add some water to the havdala cup and drink it to show love for the mitsvot, and to put some of the ...
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Timing of Maariv / Havdalah at the end of Shabbos

If you really need to, you can say Maariv and Havdalah (omitting the blessing on the candle) from Plag HaMincha (1.25 hours before sunset) (ShA OC 293:3) just as much as you can say Maariv and Kiddush ...
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Can ground coffee beans or instant coffee be used for b'samim during Havdalah?

Good question! Short answer: yes, but probably only freshly-ground beans. Mishna Brurah 216.16 writes, concerning the blessings on spices anytime you smell them during the week: כתבו האחרונים המריח ...
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Does 'atah chonantanu' replace the first line of 'atah chonein,' or is it said in addition?

The "add" option is certainly not immediately intuitive, since there's a clear duplication of the phrase "you have graced אתה חונן". It seems reasonable to expect that אתה חוננתנו was composed as a ...
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Must the electrical lights be dimmed or turned off while saying "Borei Me'orei Ha'Esh"?

Rav Eliyashiv psak is quoted in Ashrei Haish Perek 13:10(pg. 135) saying that one does not need to close the electric by the bracha of aish,and this is what he did in his own home.
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Can one say the b'rocho of borai meorai hoeash on stars

Rokeach at the end of 356 - in this linked edition it is on page 242 line 5 says that if one is travelling he can stretch out his hands to the light of the stars and say Borai Meorai Haeish. He does ...
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Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday

The Shaarei Teshuva (OC 556) quotes those who require the ill person to recite Havadala "right away after Shabbat", though as Rav Ovadia Yosef (Yechavveh Daat 3:40) explains while citing many sources, ...
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What to do regarding postponed havdalah on a plane?

The criterion for beverages for havdalah (and kiddush, and the four cups at Pesach) is that they be chamer medina, a "national drink" or something you would serve guests. According to the OU: In a ...
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Where does this Havdala-oriented prayer come from?

You have found an English abridgement of the old Yiddish prayer, Gott fun Avrohom. גָאט פוּן אַבְרָהָם - G-d of Abraham. It was customary in many European communities for the women to recite the ...
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Where does this Havdala-oriented prayer come from?

Thanks to Scimonster and ezra identifying this as an abridged form of Gott fun Avrohom, some persistent Googling, and the Library of Congress, I've confirmed that this particular English abridged ...
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

R. Moshe Stern in Be'er Moshe V:136 writes that that a woman should not deviate from her regular custom when seder night falls on motza'ei shabbat, but instead should say havdalah as part of kiddush. ...
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Hefsek between hagafen and drinking during havdallah

The reason being, that there are 2 types of Borei Pri Hagefen. The first type is the classic one: You want to drink wine and you first have to make a Bracha. This is called ברכת הנהנין - a Bracha ...
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Do the Havdalah flames have to join into one?

Shulchan Aruch Harav (OC 298:4) writes: וכן אם (ב' נרות של שמן או של שעוה וחלב מקורבים זה לזה עד שאורותיהם מדובקים יחד הרי זו אבוקה שהרי יש כאן ריבוי מאורות ביחד אבל אם אין אורותיהם מדובקים יחד הרי ...
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Can women be motsi Sephardic men in havdalah?

The Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat 296:13) holds that women are equally obligated for the mitzvah of havdalah as men are, and can therefore say all of the blessings and drink from the wine to fulfill the ...
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Marijuana for B'Samim at Havdallah?

Shulchan Aruch 216,1 writes that one can make a bracha only on pleasant aromas. There is some question as to whether the smell of marijuana is particularly pleasant (both fresh or burnt) and this ...
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Why put water into the havdallah wine?

Probably to ensure it's not Pagum. I.e.: If somebody already drank from that wine, it cannot be used for Kiddush or Havdala unless wine or water is added to it, as Paskened in Shulchan Aruch. ...
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Is Havdalah Mideoraita or Mideraban?

As with many questions, we can say that it is a machlokes. The Rambam says that it is from the Torah while Rabbeinu Tam says that it is rabbinic. Havdalah in Davening . Is havdalah a biblical or ...
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Havdalah on Motzaei Shabbos Tishah B'Av

The final bracha of havdala must be recited with the cup of wine. The original institution of havdalah was with a cup of wine and therefore the bracha after the wine was invalid without it. However, ...
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brachah on besamim during havdalah when only one species is used

Mishnah Berurah 297 Seif kattan 1 says the minhag is always to say borei minei besamim at Havdalah, regardless of what you're using for spices. He writes the reason is to avoid people making a mistake ...
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Havdallah Eish on a lightbulb

I found some answers online for this -- I will excerpt: 1. The issues are essentially the same with regards to Havdala [as with Shabbat candles], and many authorities rule that one may use an ...
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Can you fly from American Samoa on Friday evening to Upolu? (30 minute flight, 24 hour difference)

1 - Your assumption that if one changes his location, his Shabbos will depend on his present location, is true according most poskim (see תאריך לישראל סי' ה' אות ה', ט', וי"ג). However, שו"ת ארץ צבי ...
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