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According to this site you can download a german translation of the Tanach by (Reform Rabbi[1]) Dr. Ludwig Philippson from here.


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I just ran across this translation from Mechon Hadar: מנהגא מילתא היא - custom has significant weight


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It means that something that has been firmly adopted by Klal Yisroel as a minhag acquires the force of halocho. See the following extract from a commentary on Maseches Niddoh by a Rav Yungerman ואין אנו צריכין להרבות דברים על זה, שהרי הוחזקו בנות ישראל שנוהגות איסור בכתמים, וקיימא לן מנהגא מילתא היא, כדרבי זירא דאמר [ס״ו ע״א] בנות ישראל הן ...


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"There is an interest (importance?) in preserving the Minhag" Or a more literal translation, in a contemporary spirit: "The Minhag is a thing"


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A minhag (customary behavior) of actual incidents or occurance. That is we consider it a minhag based on the actual circumstances of seeing what people do.



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