Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Role of Minhagim for Me in Avodas Hashem - Q&A at ASJ


A Simple Jew has posted a Q&A session over at ASJ, wondering whether I have considered adopting the minhagim of the Chassidus'n that derive from Chernobyl, due to my interest in the Meor Einayim of Chernobyl. Click on Over! His question is copy/pasted below:

A Simple Jew asks:

Aside from regularly learning his sefer, to what degree do you feel drawn to follow the derech of the Me'or Einayim? Have you ever contemplated attaching yourself to one of the Chernobyl dynasties, adopting Chernobyl minhagim, or even attempting to follow some of the Hanhagos Yesharos that are recorded and appended to the back of Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl's sefer?

Dixie Yid Answers...

-Dixie Yid

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4 comments:

einov birosho said...

Adopting minhagim depends on how one is connected to the sefer. As a rebbe? as hisorirus? .....

DixieYid said...

It's more as hisorerus. Did you read what I wrote at ASJ? :-)

-Dixie Yid

einov birosho said...

There is a fine line between hisorirus and being ``mikabel`` the mechaber as a rebbi. Most people as they glean hisorirus from a sefer they start to feel like somewhat of a talmid. There are few who can actually glean wisdom without getting emotionally involved.

Anonymous said...

I think you gave the perfect answer, Dixie Yid. If one doesn't first internalize the basics, then adopting a specific set of minhagim would indeed make one feel as if they were just putting on airs.