It has stuck in my head for a while now - roughly quoted as saying that one shouldn't mock minhagim that have developed in klal yisroel even if the origin seems dubious - as Hashem wouldn't allow pointless or harmful minhagim to fester among his nation just trying to follow halacha and mesorah - so any minhag is by definition with hashem's haskamah.

Something along those lines. 90% sure it was chazon ish, couldn't find in his igros though...

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    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 19, 2015 at 18:57
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    Curious then what happens to the well-established halachic concept of minhag ta'us (erroneous custom)...
    – Loewian
    Oct 19, 2015 at 22:27
  • Not sure how that opinion jives with this.."Despite a longstanding tradition to perform kaparot, Ramban (cited in Orchot Chaim, Hilchot Erev Yom HaKippurim no.1) rules that kaparot is a violation of darchei ha'Emori, the prohibition of following the ways of idol worshippers (Vayikra 18:3). Rashba, Teshuvot HaRashba 1:395, notes that he did not allow kaparot in his community, ostensibly for the same reason as Ramban. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 605:1, codifies the opinion of Rashba (he states that one should avoid this practice but does not mention the prohibition of darchei ha'Emori)."
    – Aaron
    Oct 19, 2015 at 23:48
  • Would you be willing to accept answers from sources other than the Hazon Ish?
    – mevaqesh
    May 3, 2017 at 15:26

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השו"ת קטנות (סי' ט') כיון דבודאי ה' לא יביא תקלה לעמו להמשך ולנהוג כן, ואם נמשך כן המנהג הרי שזה מוכח שכן הלכה.‏

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    Please translate your answers for the benefits of non-Hebrew speakers
    – mbloch
    Jun 1, 2019 at 19:05

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