Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Here in Israel, there are many customs surrounding Yom HaShoah; the morning siren, ceremonies, storytelling from survivors, etc. However, I'm not sure I've ever heard a way to greet someone that acknowledges this solemn day. Does anyone know or have any suggestions?

share|improve this question
What is the proper greeting for Tish'ah BeAv? – Seth J Apr 7 '13 at 18:01
@SethJ: Trick question, since we don't greet each other on Tishah B'Av. – Aryeh Apr 7 '13 at 18:07
@Aryeh Or is yours the trick question? – Double AA Apr 7 '13 at 18:11
Only on Tishah B'Av do we forbid greetings. On minor fast days (which is probably the most similar in spirit and behavior as Yom HaShoah), many people in Israel say "Tzom Mo'il" or "Tzom Kal" to each other. I don't think it's a trick question. If I were to suggest a new greeting, it would be in the positive spirit of Tzom Mo'il, like "May this remembrance teach us." – Aryeh Apr 7 '13 at 19:01
Perhaps, although one might argue that the Holocaust of European Jewry was unprecedented in its horror, and rises, therefore, to a level akin to 9 Av, which represented a different sort of destruction. – Seth J Apr 7 '13 at 19:34

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.