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I think the answer is written in an actual verse: Psalms 137, 5-6 אם-אשכחך ירושלים-- תשכח ימיני. תדבק-לשוני, לחיכי-- אם-לא אזכרכי: אם-לא אעלה, את-ירושלים-- על, ראש שמחתי 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 137:6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem ...


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I think that you've answered your own question based on your parenthetical remarks. Combining mourning and joy at the same event or day is quite common, actually. In Israel, for example, almost immediately following the joyous Simchat Torah dancing, they recite Yizkor. At one wedding that I attended, they said "Kel Maleh Rachamim" for terrorist victims in ...


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In this newsletter, you will find a detailed discussion of the various viewpoints regarding what is prohibited during the Sefira. The discussion focuses on the activities that you mentioned, namely, shaving, haircuts, and listening to music. Every opinion that I have seen including Shulchan Aruch prohibits weddings (except for an "emergency such as if a ...



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