[Avodah] Minhag Ashkenaz

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Mon Mar 25 11:39:03 PDT 2013

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 01:33:12PM -0400, Prof. Levine wrote:
> At 11:29 AM 3/22/2013, Rabbi Meir G. Rabi wrote:
>> The RaMa is the master of Minhag Ashkenaz
> I have to disagree with this statement.  The RAMA lived in Krakow,  which 
> is, of course, Poland and not in Germany,  the true seat of minhag 
> Ashkenaz....

1- Who said? Just because it's closer to the geographic Ashkenaz, it's
evolution of those minhagim are somehow more valid? Neither German Nusachos
nor East European ones resemble Rashi's as much as those of immigrants to
N Italy do.

2- The Rama heavily relies on the Maharil, who he quotes far more than
anyone else, and who is a better candidate for RMR's title "the true
seat of minhag Ashkenaz". In which case, the Rama's learning in Lublin
or writing in Cracow doesn't make the book any less Ashkenazi even by
your measure.


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