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A Skvere chosid told me today that his minhag and the minhag of other chassidim is not to wish anyone "A Freilichin Chanukah" because they understand it as a copy of the "Merry Christmas" greeting and therefore in some way included in chukas ha'goy. Does anyone know how prevalent or widespread this "minhag" is and when it started? I'm not asking about the Halachic validity of the "minhag" but just about its source and whether it is actually followed by any significant amount of people.

  • whether it is actually followed by any significant amount of people. May be Jews; not Judaism. – mevaqesh Dec 28 '16 at 17:37
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    @mevaqesh. Isn't chukas ha'goy part of "Judiasm"? – Mark A. Dec 28 '16 at 17:46
  • It is, but this question ignores the halakhic component of whether it is or isnt. Rather it asks about a particular practice, regardless of whether it is a halakhic one or a mere social convention (based perhaps on a mistake), and asks about its popularity. – mevaqesh Dec 28 '16 at 17:47
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    @mevaqesh. Isn't a practice followed by a significant amount of Jews based on a Torah law (correctly or incorrectly) included in questions about Judiasm that this site proposes to help people find answers to? – Mark A. Dec 28 '16 at 22:08
  • It may also depend on the machlokes wether Chanukah is a yom tov "lesimcha" or just hallel and hodah. – mroll Dec 29 '16 at 19:00

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