Eli Turkel via Avodah
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Thu Aug 20 00:29:15 PDT 2015
<<Interestingly, RYBS promoted mimeticism in not taking on the practice
of lighting candles if one's mother and grandmother didn't light when
they were single and still living with their parents.
Yet in the same discussion, he acknowledges how the new reality of
electric lights makes relying on the mimeticism of making the berachah
on the candles / oil alone just a bedi'eved. >>
I understood mimetism and trying to follow the custom of one's family.
This is of no help when the physical circumstances have changed. Would
anyone suggest using outdoor toilets because that is what our ancestors did
and would object to an indoor bathroom. Plumbing changed the halacha.
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