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Women Making Havdalah

I am a single woman and I usually try to hear Havdallah on Saturday night at the synagogue. But sometimes I don’t feel like going out. So when I say Havdallah by myself, should I say all the blessings as usual?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

A woman who recites Havdalah should say the blessings over wine, the spices, and the concluding blessing ("HaMavidil bein Kodesh le'chol").

There is a dispute over whether a woman should recite the blessing over fire, "Borey me'orey ha'aish." (Perhaps you could recite the blessing without saying God's Holy Name.)

Although it is not customary for women to drink Havdalah wine, if a woman recites the Havdalah, then she should drink it.

(Source: Halichos Bas Yisrael 15:93-94.)

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