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Why isn’t the custom of changing ones seat in shul considered mourning in public , which is prohibited in Shabbos?

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  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/a/45157/1362 – rosends Feb 21 at 21:20
  • Who said it isn't? Who said it's public? – Double AA Feb 21 at 21:40
  • Someone has to sit there, so how does one know that the mourner siting there is because of mourning? It is only by knowing that last year he sat somewhere else that we can give this any significance, so, apparently, this is not called public. – Mordechai Feb 21 at 21:45
  • @Mord alternatively the custom was only practiced in places where people didn't have fixed seats but fixed areas. Changing your seat within your area wasn't noticable. Then some people with fixed seats didn't know better and kept it up inappropriately – Double AA Feb 21 at 21:54
  • @mordechai who said anything about last year? The person sits there everyone Shabbos and all of a sudden he is changing seats. – Draizy-Levi Pine Feb 21 at 23:30

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