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Topic: Havdalah After Yom Kippur

Chava Miriam from Miami, FL wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

I would like to know if after the Ne'ila (concluding) service of Yom Kippur, do we do a full Havdalah or just light a candle?

Dear Chava Miriam,

After Yom Kippur, we recite the Havdalah service over a cup of wine, and we say the blessing over a havdalah candle as well. Unlike Shabbat, this candle should be lit from a flame that was alight throughout Yom Kippur. We omit the spices, unless Yom Kippur occurs on Shabbat.


  • Aruch Hashulchan 624:1,2

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