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What's the deal with Havdalah when Shabbat and Yom Tov are consecutive?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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When Yom Tov ends on Friday night, Havdalah is not made. Havdalah is only made when entering a day of lesser holiness, and the Shabbat is holier than all the holidays.

When Yom Tov and Shabbat conclude simultaneously, normal Havdalah is made.

When Yom Tov ends on Friday night Havdalah is not made because Havdalah is only made when entering a day of lesser holiness
If Shabbat ends and Yom Tov begins, or if Sunday is the second day of a holiday, Havdalah is said as on Saturday night on the same cup of wine as, and part of Kiddush. For the candle we use the Yom Tov candles which are on the table, and the candles are not conjoined. The whole text - which is quite different than the normal Havdalah - can be found in your Siddur or Machzor.


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Posted by: Cindy, San Rafael, CA on Apr 01, 2005

Since Passover occurs right after Havdalah this year, what exactly is the ritual to observe? Do we do the Havdalah ceremony with wine and a Havdalah candle? Thanks

Editor's Comment

The Havdallah is included in the Kiddush ceremony, and the Yom Tov candles on the table serve as Havdallah candles too. 


Shabbat » Havdallah

(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.
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.
Yom Tov
Jewish Holiday.
Prayer book.
High Holiday prayerbook.
Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.