There’s a whole lot written about minhagei litvish, Galicia, Yekke, but I’m not finding anything specific to Ukrainian and Romanian (southeastern Yiddish group/ not Hassidish) why is that? Does anyone have any sources to point me to? Do they pretty much follow the same as litvish?


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    At the time you mention, most of them became chasidim... Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 7:57
  • That can’t be true. Many many came to the USA around that time and were not hassidim. This was a big part of the Jewish community in nyc during that tk Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 8:11
  • Don't you mix them up with Hungarians (like Transylvania)? Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 9:26
  • “ Ukrainian Yiddish was the basis for standard theatre Yiddish, while Lithuanian Yiddish was the basis of standard literary and academic Yiddish.” yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Language/Yiddish#id0eztae Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 13:03
  • It's really hard to generalize when dealing with such small towns that were suburbs of suburbs of big cities, but their tradition was Ashkenazi, which was slowly being turned Hassidic. So it was possible to have towns where all halacha was kept according to Ashkenazi law, such as wearing Tefilin on Chol HaMoed with a bracha, but at the same time the way they pronounced words and spoke Yiddish was much closer to Hassidic, not Litvishe since the Rebbeim were all Hassidic, even though the townsfolk didn't pick up on it that strongly.
    – user6591
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 13:55

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I can't promise this is accurate, but someone once told me that Ukranian Jews used to have a custom of not having a Shalom Zachor on Friday night. If they had a baby boy they had a kiddush either the first Shabbos after birth, or the first Shabbos after the bris or the first Shabbos after the baby was 30 days old and called this this the Shalom Zachor. I met an older gentleman once who actually was from Ukraine and he said that the old Ukrainian custom was to never cover your head with your tallis unless you had smicha but he said over time this custom faded away.

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    The latter custom you mention is actually the halachah, as brought by the Magen Avraham on O"Ch 8:2 Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 15:07
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    Ain't no thing like "Ukrainian Jews." To have a meaningful answer, you should specify from which town or region of the current Ukraine your acquaintance was coming from. Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 8:47

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