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minhag

[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).
Hebrew.
1.
a custom or procedure among Jews that is so firmly established as to have almost the binding force of law.
Origin
minhāgh custom
Related forms
minhagic, adjective
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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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