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What happens if you live in the Far North, and the sun does not rise or set for weeks at a time?

Question: How can you know when to pray or when Shabbat starts/ends if you live near the North Pole and the sun may not shine (or not stop shining) for...

What is a Melaveh Malkah?

The Name: 'Melaveh Malkah' means 'escorting the Queen' in reference to the Shabbat Queen. Melaveh Malkah is the mitzvah meal eaten on...

Why do we sing about Elijah after the Havdalah Service?

Rabbi Wagner: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Janet: Why is it customary to sing Eliyahu Ha-Navi1 at the end of a Havdalah Service? Rabbi...

Why do havdalah candles have multiple wicks?

The blessing we recite on the candle is addressed to “He who creates the illuminations of fire.” We, therefore, light multiple sources of...

What is Havdalah?

Havdalah comes from the Hebrew word “l'havdil,” meaning “to separate.” The mitzvah of havdalah is performed at the conclusion...

What should I do if I don't have spices for Havdalah?

You make Havdalah without spices, obviously omitting the blessing on the spices. If you can acquire spices afterwards, you can recite the blessing...

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

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...

Why do we dip a finger into the leftover havdalah wine and dab it over the eyes?

King David writes (Psalms 19:9) "the command of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes". With the onset of the new week we demonstrate that...

Why do we extinguish the havdalah candle with wine from the havdalah cup?

We extinguish the Havdalah candle with wine to demonstrate that this candle was lit solely for the mitzvah of havdalah. This was especially important...

Why do we gaze at our fingernails to the light of the havdalah candle?

We look at our nails during havdalah because1 :a. In order to make the brachah on the candle, it must be close and bright enough for us to be able...