Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Proximity to the Havdalah candle


At Havdalah, one must benefit from the flame's light in order to be able to recite the blessing.

Our standard is that one must be close enough to the flame to be able to identify relatively fine details (difference between currencies, for example) by its light. This is even true when one fulfills his own Havdalah obligation by answering Amen to someone else's blessing - everyone must benefit from the light.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 298:4; Mishneh Berurah 298:13)

Have a great day,

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