Since you can't extinguish it, what do you do with it so that it won't burn or damage anything?

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    Anything not flammable should be fine, eg. aluminum or glass
    – Double AA
    Oct 17, 2017 at 3:49
  • @DoubleAA what if you put the flaming match on aluminum foil? Oct 17, 2017 at 3:51
  • Note that this question is also applicable to shabbat. Many will not extinguish the match after lighting shabbat candles, as they have accepted the start of shabbat by lighting, and thus are forbidden from extinguishing the match. See here for example.
    – Joel K
    Oct 17, 2017 at 12:03
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    @Feinstein83 Aluminum foil doesn't burn. That's why people put it in ovens, stoves and campfires.
    – Double AA
    Oct 17, 2017 at 21:20

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I've seen people use a metal tray for this. (Sometimes the tray also holds the candlesticks, if there's any concern they could be knocked over.)

If the candles are votive-style, in glass holders, then you can just drop the match in on top of the candle. This is what I do in my sukkah, where I don't want to use taller tapers because of wind.

My dining-room table is close enough to my kitchen that if I'm careful I can walk over to the sink and drop the lit match in there, where it safely fizzles out on its own. That might not work for everybody.

A suggestion from DanF in a comment is to wet the other end of the match (the part you hold) before lighting, and the match will self-extinguish. (I have not tried this, but it makes sense.)

  • thanks monica. what if you put the flaming match on the aluminum foil that you put the candlesticks on. would it flame out harmlessly or would it burn up the foil God forbid? Oct 17, 2017 at 4:00
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    I haven't tried using foil. You could try the experiment when it's not yom tov (so if things go badly you can intervene). Oct 17, 2017 at 4:02
  • Is there any halachic problem if the sink is wet? Oct 17, 2017 at 9:04
  • @AvrohomYitzchok - how wet? If it extinguishes the match immediately, then "yes, there is a problem". If not, but it prevents the sink from getting stained (and the match may fizzle a bit) then I see no issue. Oct 17, 2017 at 12:00
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    It does not burn the aluminum foil. I think you'd have to have a flame on the foil at a specific point for it to burn, anyway, but, I haven't experimented with that. Most matches are pretty much on their way to burning out on their own about half way down the stick. I think they design the matchsticks to do this, anyway. I've found in many cases, I can't light more than 1 candle, and the flame is out while I'm still holding the end of the match. Point is, in most cases, I don't need to put it anywhere. Another easy option is to wet the end of the match that you are using before striking it.
    – DanF
    Oct 17, 2017 at 13:27

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