Friday, September 29, 2017

Havdala After Yom Kippur

Havdala After Yom Kippur

Day: Friday
Date: September 29, 2017
Parshat: Vizot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 624

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After Yom Kippur we say havdala on wine and fire only. No beracha is said on besamim. This is true even when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat as it does this year. The beracha on besamim is said in order to help console the special neshama that we receive on Shabbat. However, when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat we do not receive the special neshama so no besamim is necessary to console it. However, it is proper to say the beracha and smell besamim after havdala is finished.
The candle for the beracha on fire should be lit from a flame that was lit before Yom Kippur. Typically, if one doesn't have such a flame no beracha is said on a new flame. However, when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, as it does this year, one may say a beracha on a new flame if he does not have access to a flame lit before Yom Kippur. However, even in such a year it is best to use a flame that was lit before.
We do not eat until after havdala. However, one who is thirsty may drink water after the fast has ended even if he hasn't yet prayed arvit.

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