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The term minhag (habit, custom) denotes individual practices or even a whole ensemble of rites and texts, such as a liturgical tradition. Minhag is distinct from the codes of practice of the Halakhah, with which it can come into conflict. The transmission of most minhagim was primarily accomplished orally; over time many of them were written down, transformed into badges of belonging, and became established as standard practices.

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Goldberg, Harvey E., “Minhag”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0548>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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