From the Rav’s Desk: What to say first, Havdalah or Kiddush Levana?

  1. Question: [Sunday, 12th Sivan, 5781]

I am at home and need to recite both Havdalah and Kiddush Levanah. Is there any law regarding what I should proceed?


Yes, you should precede the recital of Havdala to Kiddush Levana being that it is said more often, and hence follows the rule of Tadir Tadir Kodem. [However, in Shuls that don’t recite Havdalah, Kiddush Levana is recited in Shul with a Minyan prior to doing Havdalah at home.]

Sources: See Sefer Haminhagim p. 126 [English] regarding Motzei Yom Kippur; Likkut Dinei Rosh Chodesh 12:10 and 13; Piskeiy Teshuvos 295:6; Poskim in 681 regarding Chanukah that at home one first says Havdalah and then lights the candles

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