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Say I need to buy some retzuot or tzitzit strings and for some reason or another I don't know whether my family accepts avodat mechona or not. Is it typically acceptable to rule leniently according to Western European sources?

Some background information: I have asked my father about this as I need new retzuot for my tefillin, however, he has never personally been involved in the purchase of tefillin, his father having gotten him his and my rabbi having gotten me mine.

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Why not just ask your rabbi for a ruling? Avodat Mechona wasn't even around until relatively recently. No one has an old tradition about it. –  Double AA Mar 31 at 0:06
    
This might still be good as a general. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Mar 31 at 1:34

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