[Sephardic Hebrew meen-hahg; Ashkenazic Hebrew min-hahg]
noun, plural minhagim [Sephardic Hebrew meen-hah-geem; Ashkenazic Hebrew min-hah-gim] . Hebrew.
a custom or procedure among Jews that is so firmly established as to have almost the binding force of law.

minhāgh custom

minhagic, adjective
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Main Entry:  minhag
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an accepted or binding tradition or set of traditions in a Jewish community; also, the form of liturgy used by a particular Jewish community
Example:  Minhag is an important ingredient of halakhah.
Etymology:  1843; Heb. 'custom'
Usage:  pl. minhag or minhagim
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in Judaism, any religious custom that has acquired the legal binding force of Halakhah, the Jewish legal tradition. Because Halakhah itself can be considered to be based on custom, a minhag can come into force even though it presents an apparent contradiction to previous laws. The problem of minhagim has been a major subject for Judaic scholars.

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