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(sg. minhag; from the Heb. נהג/nhg, literally “use to do”). Since antiquity, in both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism (Judaism: II), the term denotes customs and traditions as practised in regions or communities, sometimes even in individual families and by religious authorities in any area of religious practice with respective particular features: inter alia in the ritual of prayers and the insertion of synagogue poetry (piyyutim; Poetry: III, 2; Liturgy: VII), in food and purity regulations (issur we-hetter), in ritual slaughter and meat inspection. Alre…

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Klein, Birgit, “Minhagim”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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