Again, where do we see a basis for considering the current mixture of<br>minhagim in a single city being anything more than a bedi'eved? And<br>why aren't we looking to accelerate the process of unifying?>><br>
<br>I think there are 2 levels of lechatchila:<br><br>1. In an ideal world minhag hamakom wins and there is only 1 minhag determined by the Sanhedrin (or perhaps 1 for each tribe)<br><br>2. Given the present status the lechatchila is for each community to follow minhag avot. There is no basis to impose unity. In Israel they tried a common nusach that was some combination of all the variations and it was rejected by almost all gedolim. Rav Arusa wrote his PhD advocating a unified minhag (based mainly on his Yeminite-Rambam background) which also got nowhere. In EY there are few generally accepted country-wide minhagim by they are rare. Though I have not made a study I suspect that this occurred when the Gra and/or Shulchan Arukh haRav agreed with Sefardi psak against the Ramah. For example not wearing tefillin on chol hamoed or saying She-he-chiyanu at a Brit Milah.
<br><br>-- <br>Eli Turkel