[Avodah] Minhagim for Baalei Teshuva
micha at aishdas.org
Thu Mar 28 14:27:21 PDT 2013
On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 09:01:22PM +0000, Kenneth Miller wrote:
: This SEEMS to fit what R' Micha is saying, that "Minhag is supposed
: to be by location." But is that really the ideal...
See my reply to a similar question of yours asked last Nov
I think that's the implication from the sugyos in Maqom sheNahagu
(Pesachim pereq 4). Minhag primarily means minhag hamaqom. One keeps
one's minhag hamaqom until one is in a maqom that has a different
minhag. (What it takes to be in a new place is one of the key open
questions behind the question of whether a tourist observes YT sheini
Which, ironically, is the canonical source of the phrase "minhag avoseihem
The shifting of populations has taken on a new speed, so that people
are moving around at rates that few communities stay still long
enough to develop minhagim. Y-m has a few minhagim particular to
itself, but there aren't that many other such examples.
Which has created a situation in which people hold on to their old
minhagim for generations. Minhag avos, what was once a stopgap for
people moving to places that have no real community, has ended up
dominating. Not because we changed the rules of minhag, but because
we live in a very different world.
I thought RnCL corrected some ideas in this theory but I can't find
her post now.
See also the threads in vol 23 and vol 26 at the subject lines starting
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