Michelle Frager <lulu_brooks@...>
Although rabbinical history is not my strong point, I believe there
were two very different rabbinical traditions in the two areas
(Litvak and Galitzianer). And as with any religious differences or
schisms, the conviction of unique and correct identity ran deep and
divisively between the two communities. They used different
liturgies, and the Litvak was a more intellectual approach while the
Podolian at least, if not all Galitzianer, was more mystical or
emotive. It seems to me that this, too, contributed to creating
conscientiously different cultures.
I hope someone in the SIG with better knowledge of this aspect than
mine will contribute to this discussion.
Michelle Frager NYC area