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We assume that a Jew has a minhag avot, but he lives in a city where there are several synagogues (each following a different minhag), none of which follow his minhag avot. What should he do?

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    Minhag avot in private, minhag hamakom in public
    – mbloch
    Commented Jan 21 at 15:24
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    @mbloch or join a community permanently (as the OP has been told multiple times)
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 21 at 16:02
  • @mbloch One more detail: minhag hamakom only if it is shaliach tzibur. If you are a non-leader, you should wear a tallit, wear tefillin, and say the silent Amidah according to the minhag avot, and say the prayers out loud in the minhag hamakom. Anyway thank you. Commented Jan 21 at 16:40
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    Once again: Rabbi Feinstein gave someone the option to do the silent prayers according to their personal minhag, OR the communal one, with a slight preference towards the latter. (THERE ARE MULTIPLE CORRECT ANSWERS HERE!!!!) If it's Chol HaMoed and the community does not wear tefillin, you should not do so in their presence. Most communities today don't care if someone single is wearing a Tallit, but if they had a communal custom against it, then do not!
    – Shalom
    Commented Jan 21 at 17:39
  • Similarly, a single man of East European ancestry entering a German-Jewish synagogue will probably be told -- you are going to wear a tallit here, like it or not. And anyone who gets an aliyah Shabbos mincha at a German synagogue is expected to keep the tallit on for all of mincha. And Rabbi Hershel Schachter objected to someone wearing a colored-fabric tallit at Yeshiva University -- "not our yeshiva's minhag." As a tallit gadol is quite visible, minhag hamakom absolutely could dictate what someone wears or doesn't.
    – Shalom
    Commented Jan 22 at 9:31

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