Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The beverage for Havdalah


I have been asked to clarify what sort of beverage is appropriate for Havdalah, for one who cannot use wine or grape juice.

As I noted here, one may use chamar medinah - "the beverage of the land" - for Havdalah. This term is taken to refer to an important beverage.

One popular way to define an "important" beverage is that people drink it at social occasions even if they are not thirsty. Examples are tea and orange juice, as well as whiskey.

Others define an "important" beverage as a beverage which people frequently drink.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 296:2; Mishneh Berurah 272:25, 296:8-9)

Have a great day,

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