Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Before arranging Havdalah


Before one sets up Havdalah, and particularly before lighting the Havdalah candle, one must recite a verbal declaration of Havdalah to mark the end of Shabbat. Otherwise, one would not be permitted to light the Havdalah candle or perform other acts of preparing Havdalah itself!

One may satisfy this requirement by reciting Maariv. Failing that, one may say "Blessed is the One who distinguishes between the sacred and the profane."

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 299:10)

Have a great day,


  1. Good evening,

    Our family has always recited "Baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol" 3 times. For those who have not davened Ma'ariv, is the repetition appropriate/necessary or a chumrah?


  2. Interesting; I'm not familiar with a practice of saying it three times. I can't even see why it would be a chumrah. I'd be curious to hear more.

  3. Good morning, I think this is one of those things we "learned" along the way--I always assumed the "hazakah" nature of doing something 3 times was the reasoning behind it. Perhaps it's a mihnag of the person from whom we learned it (though I couldn't tell you who that was).