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Havdala on Chol Hamoed

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Rabbi Chaim Tabasky

1 Iyyar 5766
Question
I heard that Besamim is NOT used for Havdala on Motzei Shabat Chol Hamoed, is this true?
Answer
Both opinions are mentioned. I personally use besamim. On Motzei Shabbat which is yom tov, no besamim are used since the bessamim "revive " us from the shock of losing our elevated status (neshama yetara), but the joy of yom tov makes this unnecessary. Chol Hamoed also has joy, but not to the same degree.
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