minhag

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. Custom

  • n. "A tradition that is not mentioned in the Torah or mandated by law but nonetheless is followed." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "It's not halacha; it's just minhag."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • מנהג

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

  • Plural mihhagim.

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