Our minhag is to eat honey and have no chrein between Rosh Hashana and Hoshana Rabba. Lately I see for sale vinegar-free horseradish for people who don’t eat horseradish this period. Our minhag by our parents and grandparents was always not to have horseradish altogether. Would using this no vinegar horseradish be a breach of our mesorah?
Some people dont eat vinegar, some dont eat horseradish and some dont eat either of them. These are minhagim and everyone should do as is their family minhag. Live and let live.
Lets try and get to the ROOT of this problem.
You mean your minhag, not mine? Then why do you care what I buy?!
WIY and 2scents – I think you are misunderstanding iced’s question (he/she can correct me if I am wrong). He is not complaining that this vinegar-free horseradish is being sold in the supermarket and that Jews are consequently being nichshal – he is simply getting people’s input on whether HIS minhag would allow him to have this horseradish or not – i.e. if others have the same minhag as he does, do they eat this product? Or, a question even for those without this minhag, do people think that based on the principle of this minhag, which clearly has to do with eating foods that are simanim for a sweet year and refraining from those that are bitter/sour, would HE be allowed to make an exception for this product which is less sour than your standard horseradish?
iced – I don’t know. Good question. You def won’t go to gehinom, either way, and I doubt G-d will condemn you to a bitter year for having horseradish, but it is your family minhag, which certainly has some weight. Try your local orthodox rabbi?
Frummy: Thanks for explaining my question (correctly.) One thing I will add is that one must’nt change their mesorah or family minhagim without an extremely good justificiation. There is even an old proverb of “minhag k’halacha”.
There is NO halacha that I know of to refrain from chrein. So the Chrein on the main, makes my gefilte fish less plain.
That’s “Minhag Yisroel K’din”; a minhag that’s accepted by ALL of Klall Yisroel is like a din. This is not the case with most minhagim.