I seem to recall an Ashkenazi minhag not to eat any form of lamb on seder night. I don't mean the widely spread custom not to eat a roasted lamb, but even , for example, braised lamb shanks.

Is this indeed a widespread minhag among ashkenazim? Which communities practise it?

  • I do not eat lamb at seder night, in the same way I do not eat any roasted meat. Both for the same reason. We do have a lamb bone on the table.
    – CashCow
    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:43
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    @CashCow, I don't eat any lamb, either, in the same way I don't eat venison or okra. But the question was whether this is a widespread minhag and among which communities.
    – msh210
    Apr 5, 2016 at 13:31
  • I'm really trying to suss out if this is legit, or if it's some modern-age humra that people keep without really knowing where it comes from. Apr 5, 2016 at 13:52
  • @benny if its your family's tradition, then it's legit for you.
    – Double AA
    Apr 5, 2016 at 14:13
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    It's hard to say that I certainly have a tradition to not do something. No one ever got up and said "hey everyone, we're not eating lamb tonight". I would know if it was certainly the case that this was my minhag, but I don't, so I'm asking: is this something people stam do, or did it grow out of the minhag not to have roasted without any specific reason asides from chumra creep. Apr 5, 2016 at 14:14

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This article says:

Today, in the absence of the Temple, the mitzvah of the Korban Pesach is memorialized in the form of a symbolic food placed on the Passover Seder Plate, which is usually a roasted shankbone. Ashkenazic Jews have a custom of not eating lamb or goat during the Seder in deference to the absence of the Temple. Many Sephardic Jews, however, have the opposite custom of eating lamb or goat meat during the Seder in memory of the Korban Pesach.

It seems to be a widespread custom among Ahskenazim not eat any lamb in any form. I don't know of any Ashkenazy who does otherwise.

IMO, this is not a chumra, but rather there seems to be some basis to the thinking. It seems to be the same reasoning why I have seen many Hagaddah instructions state not to point to a roasted lamb shank on the Seder plate while saying "Pesach zeh".

  • Can you back up your claim that it's but a chumra with something other than an English online encyclopedia and your gut feeling? Apr 7, 2016 at 20:00
  • @BennyPowers If I locate something else, I'll try to post it. Re "chumra" - there are numerous chumrot that people perform. Some have sensible reasons, some make no sense, and some have no reason at all.
    – DanF
    Apr 7, 2016 at 20:07

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