Monday, December 29, 2008

Eating before Havdalah


We have explained that the mitzvah of Havdalah, sanctifying Shabbat by marking its close, has biblical roots.

This mitzvah is so important that once the time for Havdalah nears, meaning once sunset arrives, one may not begin a meal or snack, even though the actual time for Havdalah will not be until the stars are visible. Note, though, that one may continue a meal if he began eating before sunset.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 299:1)

Have a great day,

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