December 9, 2018 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm #1640156
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.December 9, 2018 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm #1640164
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.December 9, 2018 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm #1640163
I think I heard it b’sheim the pyromaniacer rebbeDecember 10, 2018 1:33 am at 1:33 am #1640244
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.December 10, 2018 9:47 am at 9:47 am #1640312
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.December 10, 2018 11:34 am at 11:34 am #1640518
I guess am just old school. I close my eyes, make a wish for a Shavua Tov, and blow out the candle regularly.December 10, 2018 11:50 am at 11:50 am #1640532
Someone in my neighborhood does the same thing. I always thought the did it to entertain his grandchildren.December 10, 2018 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm #1640551
I once tried this with vodka, but it didn’t work, so I used rubbing alcohol instead.December 10, 2018 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm #1640597
My grandfather used to do that. Don’t think it was a minhag, just something fun he liked to do.December 11, 2018 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #1642142
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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