If a person grew up sefardi and wanted to change his minhagim to ashkenaz (including pronunciations) is it permitted to do so?

  • unfortunatly that is maasim bchol yom here in E'Y out of social pressure. – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 23 '15 at 18:49
  • 'including pronunciations' There are way bigger fish to fry. Why is that the example you chose? – Double AA Jun 23 '15 at 18:51
  • just thought i would add it – user9478 Jun 23 '15 at 18:52
  • Suggestion - narrow your question title to match the content. The way it is now, it is unclear if you mean ANY minhag change to which the answer is "depends what" vs. if you are specific on Ashkenaz to Sefardy and vice versa. Also, keep in mind that Ashkenaz -> Sefard is not the same as davening Nusach Ashkenaz -> Nusach Sefard. Please clarify which minhag changes you want to know about. – DanF Jun 23 '15 at 19:32
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    Some more-specific/overlapping preexisting questions: stopping wearing a talis, changing custom to match one's environment, hataras n'darim from Ashkenazic to Sephardic – msh210 Jun 24 '15 at 5:53

I was told by a very well respected rebbe in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem that he, who was raised a sefardic home, was told by Rav Elyashiv that he was permitted to switch minhagim, including nusach hateffila, change his teffilin to Ksav Beis Yosef. But he still had to retain Chalak Beis yosef meat in which ashkenazim are more lenient.

Further, I know someone whos brother sent this question into Rav Chaim Kanievsky and Rav Chaim permitted him to change his minhagim completely to Ashkenazic Minhagim.

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    Why is Chalak Beit Yosef different? Do you know why they wanted to change? – Double AA Jun 23 '15 at 18:59
  • He didnt explain why. he told me he wanted to change because he had basically grown up in ashkenazic yeshivos and when he moved to eretz yisroel he wanted to merge into the broader ashkenazic israeli scene – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 23 '15 at 19:01
  • I can see this heter causing confusion for a married man. Wouldn't his wife have to automatically follow along as well? – DanF Jun 23 '15 at 20:44

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