Meoreiy Haeish

A. General Laws: One is required to say a blessing of Borei[1] Meoreiy Haeish over a candle on every Motzei Shabbos, if he has a candle available.[2] Should the listeners say their own blessing: Those listening to Havdala are to fulfill their blessing with the person saying Havdala[3], and are […]

Folding talis

Folding ones Tallis:[1] One is to fold his Tallis on Motzei Shabbos[2] [immediately upon returning from Shul[3]]. [It is proper to personally fold one’s Tallis rather than give it to someone else to fold.[4] If one forgot to fold his Tallis immediately on Motzei Shabbos, then the next day prior […]


The laws of Besamim:[1] A. General Laws:[2] The Sages accustomed[3] that one is to smell spices on every[4] Motzei Shabbos in order to comfort the soul which is saddened by the leave of the extra soul[5] which it received on Shabbos.[6] Motzei Yom Tov: [7] On Motzei Yom Tov however […]

Drawing Water

Drawing water:[1] Some are accustomed to draw water from wells and springs on Motzei Shabbos as a Segula for a cure for all their ailments.[2] [This is helpful for both physical and spiritual ailments and assists in one’s understanding of Torah.[3]]   Q&A How is one to fulfill the above […]

Sparks of Kabbala & Chassidus

The Seder of Melaveh Malka in accordance to the Kabalists:[1] After Havdala one is to say Hamotzi over two roles of bread, holding on to only one of them. Prior to the meal he is to recite the Psalm of Mizmor Ledavid Hashem Roiy and then say “This is the […]

Using beverages other than wine

Using wine over other beverages:[1] One is to say Havdala over wine even if he has other significant beverages available.[2] If one does not have wine at home but has at home other significant beverages, he is not required to purchase wine rather than use the other significant beverages. Nevertheless […]

The details of Melaveh Malka

A. The Mitzvah: [1] After Shabbos it is a Mitzvah Min Hamuvchar[2] to have a meal out of respect for Shabbos, to escort it with honor while it is leaving.[3] [This meal is cordially called “Melaveh Malka”.] Setting the table: One is to set his table with a tablecloth, and […]

Eliyahu Hanavi

Mentioning Eliyahu Hanavi:[1] It is accustomed to mention the name of Eliyahu Hanavi after Havdala on Motzei Shabbos as a prayer that he should come and proclaim the redemption.[2]   Eliyahu Hanavi writes the merits of the Jewish people: [3] During the time of Motzei Shabbos Eliyahu Hanavi sits in […]