Re: Pesach customs #galicia

Yosaif Dubovick <ymd000@...>

There are 2 extant Shor (Schorr) families I am aware of, one is
Karliner (Stoliner) chassidim, the other Sadigurer. I believe both
families are descendants Rabbi Efrayim Zalman Shor (father of the
author of the sefer Tevuos Shor), and relatives of the famous Rabbi
Efrayim Zalamn Margolis (c.f. Maalos HaYuchsin, Yerushalayim 2004).
You might try tracing your lineage to them.

During the first World War, there was a general permit (heter) issued
by the Rabonim allowing usage of kitniyos on Pesach of one year in
Vienna, due to the extreme hunger caused by the war. A copy of the
heter can be found in the journal HaDarom no. 15 as well as in the 3rd
vol. of the responsa Imrei Yosher by Rabbi Meir Arik ch. 25. Perhaps
the custom in your case originated >from that particular episode. Or
maybe there was a pre-dominante Sephardic member of the family who
influenced it's custom (i.e. a father-in-law).

The custom regarding ginger is probably in reference to the charoses
in which the marror (horseradish or in the first preference, romaine
lettuce) was to be dipped briefly. The charoses was intentionally
assembled to resemble the mortar in Egypt, and ginger or cinnamon was
added to resemble the straw.

You might try obtaining a copy of Nittei Gavriel on the customs of
Pesach, a book of customs by Rabbi Gavriel Zinner of Brooklyn. He is
pretty authoritative and well researched.

In general, the Chasidic custom is not to eat kitniyos, and in
particular takes on the more stringent rulings of both the Ashkenazic
and Sephardic Rabbis, also in regard to Pesach as well as the rest of
the year. Sephardic customs were only adopted in the case of a
stringency, or in the case of those groups who settled in E. Yisrael,
certain customs were adopted in deference to the populace at the time.

I hope I was able to shed some light on your queries. Feel free to
contact me of you have any other questions I might be of assistance

Rabbi Yosaif M. Dubovick
Betar Illit, E. Israel

Chana Thompson-Shor wrote:
My last name is Shor; I learned that the only continuously-observant
branch of my family (originally >from Galicia) uses ginger rather than
horseradish on the seder plate, and eats kitniyot (beans, rice) on
Passover, much as sephardic Jews do. They say this is the custom the
family came with >from "the old country". These customs were something
of a surprise, as I'd always been under the impression that we were
thoroughly Ashkenazic, but the details of the family history are a
little fuzzy. Is anyone on this list familiar with these customs among
Galitzianer families (or anyone else Ashkenazi, for that matter... a
bonus if you're a Shor.)

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