Putting out havdalah candle in alcohol

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    mynamesixonethree
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    I was at someone’s house after Shabbos recently and noted that before putting out their havdalah candle, they started a little mini- bonfire from it by dipping the candle into alcohol (vodka I think.) Has anyone seen this? Is there a source for this? I thought it was kind of fun.

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    Joseph
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    It’s a regular minhag to put out the havdala fire from what you have in the becher you made the brocha on for havdala.

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    ☕️coffee addict
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    I think I heard it b’sheim the pyromaniacer rebbe

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    mynamesixonethree
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    Its not putting it out from what is in the becher. It is taking the flame and putting it into alcohol which then sets a contained blazing fire, Then they put out the candle with the wine from the becher.

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    RichardM
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    When I was a kid (my parents were away) I made Havdolah on whisky and, obviously, dipped the candle afterwards … I nearly set the house on fire! Never again!
    I’m told that my grandparents (who I never knew) had a shtarke minhag to light their first post-Shabbos cigarette from the Havdolah candle.

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    Dr. E
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    I guess am just old school. I close my eyes, make a wish for a Shavua Tov, and blow out the candle regularly.

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    iacisrmma
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    Someone in my neighborhood does the same thing. I always thought the did it to entertain his grandchildren.

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    Meno
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    I once tried this with vodka, but it didn’t work, so I used rubbing alcohol instead.

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    Yserbius123
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    My grandfather used to do that. Don’t think it was a minhag, just something fun he liked to do.

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    Milhouse
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    Dr E, old school yidden would never blow out a candle. It’s considered a terrible thing, though you’ll hear various reasons given, which is a sign that nobody really knows why.

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