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R' Chaim Kanievsky shlita davens Ashkenaz and wears Ashkenazi tefilin. His grandfather z'l was a Chernobyler chasid. It's not clear to me how the Steipler Gaon ztz'l conducted himself with regards to tefilin and nusach. The sefer Orchos Rabenu might shed some light (and if anybody knows where to buy this sefer, please share!). It is also known that the Steipler did not eat gebrokts, a chasidic minhag. When and why was the switch made from Chasidic to non-Chasidic customs, and what was the basis for doing so according to the one who made the change?

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wait wait wait wait....was his grandfather's grandfather's grandfather a chassid? Shouldn't you be asking why he switched back from Chasidic? –  Double AA May 6 '13 at 14:47
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@DoubleAA if you have a source that the basis for the switch was to return to the older minhag, by all means bring it. That would certainly be a possible answer. –  yoel May 6 '13 at 16:59
    
Yoel, does Wikipedia count? (@doubleaa) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasidic_Judaism "(Hasidic Judaism) was founded in 18th-century Eastern Europe by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov..." –  Seth J May 6 '13 at 17:34
    
@SethJ in what way does common knowledge answer this specific question? –  yoel May 6 '13 at 17:50

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