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[Sephardic Hebrew meen-hahg; Ashkenazic Hebrew min-hahg] /Sephardic Hebrew minˈhɑg; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪn hɑg/
noun, plural minhagim
[Sephardic Hebrew meen-hah-geem; Ashkenazic Hebrew min-hah-gim] /Sephardic Hebrew min hɑˈgim; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪnˈhɑ gɪm/ (Show IPA).
a custom or procedure among Jews that is so firmly established as to have almost the binding force of law.
minhāgh custom
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minhagic, adjective Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for minhag

an accepted or binding tradition or set of traditions in a Jewish community; also, the form of liturgy used by a particular Jewish community


Minhag is an important ingredient of halakhah.

Word Origin

1843; Heb. 'custom'

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Encyclopedia Article for minhag

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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