Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Havdalah in prayer


We have said that there is a bible-based obligation to sanctify Shabbat with a verbal declaration, Havdalah, at its end.

We do this as part of the evening "Maariv" service which ends Shabbat, and after reciting that prayer we may perform melachah (tasks which are prohibited on Shabbat). However, per yesterday's email, eating is still prohibited until the full Havdalah is performed.

One who has not recited Maariv may recite the formula, "Baruch HaMavdil bein kodesh l'chol" - "Blessed is the One who distinguishes between the sacred and the mundane" - in place of Havdalah in Maariv. This does not replace the full Havdalah, though.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 294:1, 299:10)

Have a great day,

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