Who decides which practices are granted the status of minhag (Jewish customs)? In this course we will look at some of the stranger and well-known minhagim which have surprising histories. You will also learn some of the practices that never made it to minhag status at all and which communities were most prolific in generating minhagim. We will also explore how important minhagim were in perpetuating the most bitter schisms in Jewish history.
Mitzvot: dictates from above; Minhagim: eruptions from below?
Minhag shtut – ridiculous customs: who decides?
Strange brew: the surprising origins of the most familiar customs
The role of minhag in the emergence of the Hasidic movement
Minhag as a bulwark against progressive movements
21st Century hot house: is this the most fertile time for new minhagim in Jewish history?
Pre-book for this 6 week course by clicking on ADD TO BASKET or pay at the door per session £12 (concession £10).