[Avodah] Chassidim on Horseback?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Thu Jan 3 10:09:18 PST 2013

On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 12:52:15PM -0500, Zev Sero wrote:
> Indeed, a more likely avenue of attack is Chukos Hagoy...

AIUI, the difference between the two issurim is that darkhei ha'emori are
acts one is copying for their superstitious benefit or that originated
in AZ -- although the AZ aspect was lost. (Like questions of Holloween.)
Whereas chuqos hagoy are practices one is imitating in order to conform.

And since it is no longer a common practice among non-Jews to ride
into a wedding bedavqa on horseback, I thought derkhei ha'emori was the
closer fit.

But in any case, neither really seem applicable, as it's just imitation
of an out-of-date (and thus not assimilationist) fashion (and thus not
religious or superstitious).

Tir'u baTov!

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