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The Gemara (Kiddushin 38a) deduces the date of Moshe's passing by calculating backwards from the 10th of Nissan, when the Jewish People crossed the Jordan River: there were 30 days of mourning for Moshe, and three days of preparing for the crossing. Thirty-three days before the 10th of Nissan gets us to the 7th of Adar. Given that, then, I would think that ...


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I asked this question just this week to HaRav Zundel Kroizer. I asked if I could fly to EY knowing I would miss minyanim and kadeshim during the flight, but improve my learning here. He said the zchus of learning was far greater.


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Taamei Haminhagim (citing Maaseh Yechiel) comments that "when it comes to saying Tachanun, we omit it based on any possible reason, since 'it is better to recite fewer prayers with more concentration [than the reverse].'" So presumably a yahrtzeit, whether of one's own parents or of a prominent tzaddik, is such a reason.


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Certainly for those of a Hassidic or Kabbalistic bent, observing Lag BaOmer tied to R' Shimon Bar Yochai's death is a big deal. For a more critical (Mitnagdic?) view, try this lecture from Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman on the subject. He, like the Chasam Sofer before him, reflect the non-Hassidic view of being unsure about where the whole thing came from. ...


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The Simcha of Lag Baomer is a strange concept. The Shulchan Aruch says that on the day a Tzaddik dies you make a fast. Where did this day of happiness come from? The GR"A says it was the day that the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying. However, the question still stands. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai died on this day, so what is the celebration about? The ...


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In my experience. . . Generally, yes, and many knowledgeable people I've met who have a lot of siyumim under their belts don't seem to mind that much about it (which I have always found surprising). Usually not. Indeed things relating to anniversaries generally ignore the time of day and rather calculate the reocurrence of the original date's day as their ...


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The halacha does not differntiate between one mourning for a mother or a father in terms of priority for any of the chiyuv davening activities. In fact, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 26:16 states that even one who is mourning for both a mother and a father does not get priority over one mourning for another relative.


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Birke Yosef (OC 284) holds that when two people have otherwise equal obligation/right to an aliya to the Torah, but one is a talmid chacham, then the other gets the aliya. One of his arguments is that a talmid chacham can study in the merit of the deceased, whereas the other fellow has no merit comparable to an aliya. Nit'e Gavriel (Avelus volume 2, chapter ...


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The "simcha" of R. Shimon bar Yochi on Lag b'Omer is that he began his studies with R. Akiva. After the plague of R. Akiva's students ended, R. Shimon bar Yochi was one of the 5 students who formed the new generation of students to continue learning under R. Akiva. (This accords with the manuscripts which say not that "he died" on Lag b'Omer but that it was ...


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Some of this is conjecture on my part, but it seems like Rashi commentary discusses why we need all these dates (except Aharon's passing). He seems to be implicitly answering your question. The first census Rashi (Bamidbar 1:1) says that G-d often counted the Jews because He loved them. The Maskil Ledavid, in his commentary on Rashi, explains that all the ...


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I always thought of it as יום הזכרון Kitzur Shulchan Oruch 128(6) translates someone who has a יאר צייט as a בעל יום זכרון So יום זכרון (without the ה) could have been a translation if not for אזכרה.


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As this is for you a practical question, I really suggest you ask the rabbi of your local, orthodox synagogue. Besides always relying on your rabbi for practical questions rather than relying on answers you get here, there's a special consideration in the case of this question: Synagogues' practices differ w.r.t. the answer to your question, w.r.t. who says ...


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I have been told by a Rabbi whom I greatly respect that he has permitted geirim, along with the Jewish son of a non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother, to say Kaddish for their non-Jewish parent(s). I believe that much of his reasoning was based on Kibbud Av v'Em (which continues to apply to one's non-Jewish parents even after conversion where one is ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 221:1 says that those who always fast on a Yahrzeit have the Din of one who made a Neder to fast. Such a person does not need to accept the fast the day before, the same way those who fast at other known times - e.g. Selichot or Erev Rosh Hashana - don't have to, as is implied in Siman 127:3.


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See the story about the Baal Shem Tov knowing about the Ohr HaChayim's death because he (the Baal Shem Tov) had received the secret of hand washing, which had previously been entrusted to the Ohr HaChayim. From there: Chassidic tradition is that the main reason the Baal Shem Tov twice tried so hard (and failed) to get to the Holy Land was that he said ...


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Old shuls in Europe have these plaques as well, but without the lights. Is your question when (and why) lights were added, or when these plaques were first used? I recall from Medieval Jewish History classes that the concept/importance of Yahrtzeit was popularized in the aftermath of the Crusades.


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In Rosh ha-Shanah 10b-11a, there is a Machaloqet between R. Eli'ezer and R. Yehoshu'a over when, amongst other events, the Avot( Avraham and Ya'aqov) died: תניא רבי אליעזר אומר בתשרי נברא העולם בתשרי נולדו אבות בתשרי מתו אבות בפסח נולד יצחק בראש השנה נפקדה שרה רחל וחנה בראש השנה יצא יוסף מבית האסורין בר"ה בטלה עבודה מאבותינו במצרים בניסן נגאלו בתשרי ...


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Tur Orach Chaim 90 says that that learning can always be done later, however Tefila b'Tzibur can not and therefore Tefila B'Tzibur is first. ומיהו א"א ז"ל כתב בתשובת שאלה, וז"ל: טוב להתפלל עם הצבור בעשרה כי זמן תפלה לחוד וזמן תורה לחוד, וגם אין תורתנו כל כך אומנתנו ובהרבה שעות ביום אנו מתבטלין, נבטל תורתינו בשעת תפלה ונשלם אותה בשעות אחרות ונצא ידי ...


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According to this essay by Rabbi Yossi Jacobson: Before his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to observe his yahrzeit (the day of his death) as a time of joy and festivity The sources for this: See Zohar vol. 3 p. 287b; p. 291a. Pri Aitz Chaim Shaar Sefiras Haomer chapter 7; Shaar Hakavanos Sefiras Haomer Derush # 12. Mishnas Chassidim ...


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Rabbi Acha ben Chanina says that on 6 Sivan was the day Moshe was put in a basket into the water. The Malachim said to Hashem "The one that is going to receive the Torah on Har Sinai on this day should get smitten by the water on this day?" 6 Sivan was 3 months after Moshe was born. Based on the above you have to say that he was born in either a plain Adar ...


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HaRav Yechiel Yaacov Weinberg says here that he should, since it's normal human behavior, and if the second wife dislikes it she actually stats that he lacks that normal etiquette RE-EDIT: actually, Hrav Ovadia Yalkut Yosef - Avlut 23 14 also state the same thing implicitly. he says that in reversed situation (where the wife wants to make a memorial to her ...


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In all the Shuls I have Davened in (Yeshivish, Chasidish, Young Israel, Orthodox Union) the person who had Yarzheit either that day or the following week receives Maftir on Shabbos. Regarding Yom Tov they only received it if the Yarzheit is that day. See Biur Halacha in the Mishna Berura Chelek 2 Siman 137 where it is clearly mentioned that the Chiuv is on ...



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