Minhag

June 20, 2006

[m., pl. “Minhagim”];a custom; in Jewish Law, the term is used in contradistinction to “Din” or “Halachah,” both of which mean the “Law,” or the “way to go.” “Minhag” is more optional; for example, according to the “minhag” of the Ashkenazic Jewish community, a certain selection from the Prophets is read for the Haftarah on a given Shabbat, while according to the Sephardic Jewish community, a different selection from the Prophets is used.