Saturday, October 4, 2008

Havdalah after Yom Kippur


One must perform Havdalah after Yom Kippur, before one may eat. This Havdalah rite contains three blessings - a blessing over wine, a blessing over a multi-wicked flame, and a blessing of "HaMavdil."

The blessing over the flame is meant to show that we were not allowed to make use of fire during Yom Kippur, and now we are permitted to use fire. Therefore, the fire must be lit from a flame which remained lit (but un-used) throughout Yom Kippur. Most people do this by lighting their Havdalah candle from a 24-hour candle, or from a pilot light.

One who does not have such a flame skips that blessing.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 624)

Have a great day,

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