Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blessing our children at Havdalah


We have discussed the practice of blessing our children Friday night, but some also have the practice of blessing children at Havdalah, after Shabbat.

This practice appears in early Ashkenazic communities as well as in sources from the 17th-19th centuries. The Magen Avraham (559:1) cited Maharil as saying that one should not recite it when Saturday night is Tisha b'Av, and the practice also appears in the customs of the Chatam Sofer and in the siddur of Rav Yaakov Emden.

Have a great day,

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