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Halacha - havdolo
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: The original source seems to be the Shela, and this minhag is brought in the Magen Avraham, Elya Rabba and Tosfos Shabbos. However the Terumas HaDeshen gave his wife wine from havdala and the Aruch HaShulchan doesn't mention the minhag not to.

The Shela explains the reason for the minhag is according the opinion that the Eitz HaDaas was a grape vine and there is a parallel between the separation of havdala and the cheit. Alternatively, R' Isser Zalman Meltzer says that there is a machlokes if women are obligated in havdala, and according to the opinion that they are exempt their amein would be an interruption between the borei pri hagafen and drinking. Additionally, R' Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld writes that the minhag was for women not to work on motzei Shabbos, so they did not partake of havdala since the aura of Shabbos still continued for them. Finally, the Bigdei Yesha explains that havdala provides respite from the curses given to the snake in wake of enticing Chava to eat from the Eitz HaDaas, and it is not appropriate for women to partake of this wine. A practical difference between these opinions would be if one made havdala on beer. According to the Shela it would be acceptable for a woman to drink, while the other reasons would still apply.

posted:2009-02-01 05:49:05

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