There are some ideas or traditions that have been widely accepted amongst religious Jews that either have no Jewish source (I know this is vague, as there may be a source for anything), were developed due to a misunderstanding, or are straight forward against halacha or Jewish philosophy.

For example: bouncing on the tip toes after completing the 3 steps after shmoneh esrei.

What other ones do you know of?

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    Any possible answer will be controversial to someone who thinks the practice is actually based in Judaism. Eg. upsherin judaism.stackexchange.com/a/13208/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 2 at 17:47
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    Lifting the machatzis hashekel coins 3 times.
    – shmosel
    Commented Jul 2 at 19:23
  • @DoubleAA I don't see any issue with controversy on the explanation page of off-topic?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Jul 2 at 19:42
  • @RabbiKaii No one said this was off topic
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 2 at 19:56
  • @DoubleAA sorry, mistyped. I meant opinion based
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Jul 2 at 20:02


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