Thursday, July 23, 2015

Havdala When Tish'a Be'av Falls on Motzei Shabbat

Havdala When Tish'a Be'av Falls on Motzei Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: July 23, 2015
Parshat: Devarim
Yalkut Yosef: 557

When Tish'a Be'av falls on Shabbat, as it does this year, we do not observe on Shabbat any of the signs of mourning, such as not washing our hands, that we normally observe on Tish'a Be'av. After Shabbat is over one should light a candle and say the blessing of "Boreh Meorei Ha'esh" that is normally said as part of havdalah. The following night, after Tish'a Be'av is over the berachot of Hagefen and Hamavdil are both said before eating anything. A person who needs to eat during the fast must first say havdala and then eat. The havdala said by such a person also exempts the people who hear it from their own obligation to say havdala after the fast. Ideally, a person saying havdala on Tish'a Be'av should have a child drink the wine. If there are no children around he should have at least a sip of it.

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