minhag america

by Leah Bieler

On our street in Jerusalem, there is a Turkish shul, and a Hungarian one. Both are prized for their 'authentic' devaluing and preservation of unique traditions. Why is it, though, that my traditions are never taken seriously. In today's Times of Israel, I discuss what the Jewish world could learn from Minhag America.


Last week, prominent American and Israeli Jewish leaders went to the Israeli government on an “emergency mission” to plead the case of those who want mixed prayer available at the Kotel, as had been agreed upon only a few months ago. But my money is on the status quo. Because as much as Israelis claim to value the traditions and customs of Jews all over the world, when it comes to Minhag America, there is simply no love at all.

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