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Husband and wife with different family customs... Please advise!

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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In the event that a husband and wife come from different backgrounds with different customs regarding various Jewish rituals – such as Ashkenazi and Sephardi prayer texts – technically, the wife and their children follows the husband’s traditions. This is true even if the husband’s customs are more lenient than the wife’s—for example, an Ashkenazi woman who marries a Sephardi man may eat Kitniyot on Passover. However, if there is mutual agreement, the wife may continue practicing her family customs.

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Passover
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Ashkenazi
(pl. Ashkenazim). A Jew of Northern or Eastern European ancestry.
Sephardi
(pl.) A Jew whose ancestors stem from Southern Italy, Spain, Portugal, North Africa or the Arabian countries. (singular: Sephardi).
Kitniyot
Various legumes and grain-like substances. The medieval sages banned eating kitniyot during the holiday of Passover because it resembles Chametz (leavened grain products) which is Biblically forbidden during this holiday.