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Blessing Over The Flames Of The Havdalah Candle

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Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei m’orei ha-eish.

Blessed are You, God, Spirit of the Universe, Creator of the fire’s light.

Once the candle is lit it’s traditional to hold your fingers close enough to the flames so that you can see the reflection in your fingernails. Also a good time to show off your latest gel manicure. Again, there are multiple explanations for this, such as making sure you are close enough to the fire to see the reflection, and fingernails being a representation of abundance since they never stop growing. Another sweet explanation is that you should look into the eyes of someone else there and see the candle reflected in their eyes instead of on your fingernails. Either way, don’t get too close to the flame. That’s not a metaphor. Seriously, don’t burn yourself.

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