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What age could you do havdala

In order to make havdalah for others one must be bar mitzvah however a child is obligated to be taught by a parent to make or hear havdalah once he/she is old enough to understand the concept and would be obligated to make havdalah by themselves once they are and to do so if they did not hear from an adult. [ED. Note: As we prepare to launch our new site, BJL will be partnering with the Star-K on Ask the Rabbi and Kashrus Questions. Rabbi Ari Storch is no longer answering these. This question has been answered by a Star-K Rabbi]

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It is written:1  ''You shall rise up before the hoary head and honor the face of the old man''  This ''old man'' is explained as being the Torah Sage as it is said:2  ''Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel''  and concludes that certainly this depends on (them) being wise,  as it is written:3  ''whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them''  It is therefore a positive commandment to stand up before a Torah Sage  who is distinguished in his (Torah) learning  even if he is not old in years and not a Rabbi.  It's also a mitzvah to stand up before an old person4  that is, a seventy year old, even if he is not learned  provided he is not wicked. Even with a gentile old person one should speak politely to him  and give him a hand for support. (KSA 144:2)
1) Lev. 19:32.
2) Numbers 11:16.
3) ibid.
4) lit., ''hoary (or white) haired''.