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For those who are mourning a parent for the requisite twelve-month aveilus, would Adar 1 and Adar 2 count as two separate months towards the twelve? Or does one year mean a full year, i.e., from Tishrei to Tishrei?

Practically speaking, if one lost a parent on 1 Ellul of last year, can they attend a wedding on 2 Av (except for it being the Nine Days), or must they wait until 2 Ellul?

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I thought that the 11 months is for Kaddish, while the mourning period is a year. – Isaac Moses Jun 3 '11 at 15:52
@Tzvi - B"H I'm not so well-versed either. I'm sure there's someone around here who is, though. – Isaac Moses Jun 3 '11 at 16:11
Mourning for a parent extends to 12 months (not a year). Kadish is cut short by a month so as not to imply an assumption that the parent is subject to gehinom (which is 12 months- not a year). A non-child may be able to say kaddish for 12 months, but has no obligation to say at all. Yahrtzeit is the only thing dependant on the yearly cycle. – YDK Jun 3 '11 at 16:32
Actually, that answers the question as well. – YDK Jun 3 '11 at 16:33
@YDK Go ahead and post an answer! – Isaac Moses Jun 3 '11 at 17:04
up vote 5 down vote accepted


Per the Nitei Gavriel quoting the Shulchan Aruch there is no difference in a year that has two Adars. The time of mourning is the same length.

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