Can a Sepharadic Jew keep his minhagim as far as lets say going by Yalkut Yosef and still adopt Rabbi Nachmans teachings as much as he wants and live by them. Is that halachically a problem or as long as someone keeps their halachot its okay to be a chasid. What would Rav Ovadia say about this. I dont see any problem with this but I want to confirm this question. Second question is, for a baal teshuva the halacha is more lenient because the person could chose whatever he wants. Either case what would our Chachamim say about this. Thanks

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Jan 24, 2018 03:26 PM

Hello. For your first question, a person can be inspired by any Rebbe or sefer and live by it. It is not a contradiction to follow all of the Sephardic Laws and Minhagim. In fact, the satmar Rebi A"H inspired many Sephardic Jews. Today, there's a minyan Kiryas Yoel who are all following Maran in Shulchan Aruch. 

Regarding your second inquiry please be more specific since it depends every situation is different. 


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