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I fear Rabbi Weiss is really preaching that we shouldn’t be different from his norms. But every chassidic sect, every shul, every student of a given rosh yeshiva, every child of given parents – indeed every person – has his own norms, his own derech in avodas Hashem.

Put slightly differently, the Chazon Ish simply would not have been the Chazon Ish if he hadn’t been different from us – if he’d have had to sink to our mediocre level.

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In my modern shul, I would have no problem telling someone he can’t daven for the amud in a hat or gartel, or with a tallis over his head, since that is not minhag hamakom, but saner voices stop me from doing so.

Harold Marks

(Via E-Mail)

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