Dear Rabbi
When making havdalah, is it best to stand or sit?

Answer:

There are varying customs, both are acceptable. One who has no custom in his family or community should sit.

Sources:

See Shulchan Aruch 296:6 where the Mechaber rules to sit while the Rama notes the widespread custom to stand. The Vilna Gaon rules like the opinion of the Mechaber to sit. See Igros Moshe O:C 5:16 who explains at length that standing for kiddush or havdala should only be done with the precedent of a  minhag, barring that one should sit.

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