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Author:  Jack
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Date:  11/7/2003 3:18:00 PM
Subject:  pesak shopping
Message:  is it halachically allowed to shop for pesakim, most specifically in the example of a sephardic following an ashkenaz posek or an ashkenaz follow a sephardic posek? additionally, this is speaking about gum - which is highly debated between ashkenazim, but i as an ashkenaz agree with the sepharadim on the issue. what is the answer, please provide details and explanations if at all possible.
   
Reply:  That whole concept is a myth. It is destructive to our religion. The Ashkenazim think that they shouldn't follow the Ben Ish Chai, and the Sephardim feel that way about the Mishna Berura. Talmidey Chachamim are Talmidey Chachamim no matter where they come from. You get a Rav from whatever planet who is qualified to be a Posek, and follow him to the letter. Jumping from Rabbi to Rabbi shopping for Pesakim, good or bad, is either considered a Shoteh (idiot), or a Rasha (sinner), depending on the details. That's in the Gemara.
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