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Can we drink kiddush or havdalah wine during the Nine Days?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Although the consumption of wine (and grape juice) is forbidden during the Nine Days of mourning, on Shabbat we do not practice any of the laws of mourning, and everyone can drink from the Kiddush cup. In fact, on Shabbat one may drink as much wine as the heart desires -- even if it isn't Kiddush wine.

On Shabbat we do not practice any of the laws of mourning, and therefore everyone can drink from the kiddush cup and/or drink wine as much as the heart desires
The real issue is the wine or grape juice from Havdalah, which is the prayer/ceremony that concludes Shabbat and subsequently brings us back to the laws of mourning of the Nine Days. Can you drink that wine now that Shabbat is over?

The following are the applicable rules:

1. If you are making havdalah on wine you can also drink it yourself, but it is better to let a child drink it instead of you.1 The child should drink at least 1.45 ounces of the wine.2

2. Alternatively, you can make havdalah on beer.3

Footnotes

  • 1. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 551:10
  • 2. Shulchan Aruch Harav Orach Chaim 190:4
  • 3. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 296:2

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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Kiddush
Prayer recited at the beginning of the Sabbath or Holiday meal--both the evening and afternoon meals. This prayer, acknowledging the sanctity of the day, is recited over a cup of wine or grape juice.
Havdalah
Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.