"Something Special In Our Connection With European Yiddishkayt"
A Yid commenting on A New Generation Of Chassidim:
I think this issue is much more sharp in relation to baaley tshuvo. Those who were raised frum have their "baggage" from birth. They grew up and developed certain way. What should a baal tshuvo do, who "came from the Moon"? He has to learn many things (dinim and halochoys, yesoydoys hoemuno and etc.) to become one who adheres to the Toyro. Very often one has to start when he is already an adult. But is it enough? What should he do with these "trimmings" how you call them? To say that Chasidus is above everything is a nice abstract idea, but it doesn't help in the least with this issue for those who don't have any "baggage" from before altogether! That's why I think there is something special in our connection with European Yiddishkayt. Baal tshuvo can't change himself according to Bovel etc. So this comparison is not so correct. Right - all traditions are heylik, the one which was in Bovel as well. But our grandfathers and great grandfathers are much closer to us, than our ancestors from Bovel.
Some fail to change fail these things altogether - they do learn, they do mitzvoys, but their "trimmings" are basically the same as before. Others change them as well, because the feel a deeper connection to Yiddishkayt in this way. But how can they be changed, or better to ask to what? That's where this issue is coming out in full force.