[Avodah] Chassidim on Horseback?
llevine at stevens.edu
Thu Jan 3 08:04:07 PST 2013
I am moving this to Avodah.
At 10:49 AM 1/3/2013, Micha Berger wrote on Areivim:
>On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 10:45:48AM -0500, Prof. Levine wrote:
> > First of all, given that I have never heard of Jewish nobility in old
> > Europe (certainly not within the past 500 years), is this not the
> > adoption of a gentile practice? ....
>No more than ties are. Derekh emori is only if the practice is religiously
>motivated or (non-Jewish?) superstition.
You seem to be equating something that is non-Jewish with Darchei
Emori. From http://tinyurl.com/avmsbjq
The Tosefta in Shabbos (Chapters 7 & 8) lists various practices which
are prohibited due to the fact that they are darchei haemori. For
example, putting thorns in a window to protect a pregnant woman or
tying an iron to one's bed. These things all have one basic common
feature. They are irrational - meaning they are not scientifically or
observably proven remedies.
It seems to me that there are non-Jewish practices that do not fall
within the category of darchei haemori. This is presumably related
to the distinction that RSRH makes between un-Jewish and non-Jewish
Difference Between 'Non-Jewish' and 'Un-Jewish'" The Jewish Press,
July 25, 2007, page 1
My point was that riding on horseback to this wedding by these
prominent guests is something that is adopted from gentile
culture. I did not intend to imply that it is assur.
What I find ironic is that those doing this, whom I am sure would
speak strongly against the adoption of any non-Jewish practice, are
indeed involved in a non-Jewish practice!
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