I heard my rabbi say that you’re not supposed to say Good Night on Friday night, but rather should say Good Shabbos instead. First of all has anyone else heard this (or was it just a joke) and if so then where does it come from?

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    – shmosel
    Sep 20 at 3:44
  • Is there some reason to think "good night" might be different from "good morning" or "good afternoon"?
    – Double AA
    Sep 20 at 11:32
  • I know that Chaim Berlin stressed that all greetings on Shabbos are replaced with "Good shabbos." The point is to show that Shabbos is not just a "regular day."
    – Esther
    Sep 20 at 14:10

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See Mishneh Berurah (307:5) where he quotes the Sheloh which says that when meeting someone on Shabbos one should not greet him in the weekday fashion, "good morning", rather he should say "good shabbos" in order to fulfill the mitzvah of "זכור את יום השבת."

In the sefer Korban Ani (לר' יעקב קטינא) parshas Breishis he quotes the מוהרי"צ מראזדיל that says the reason why do not say 'good night' on Friday night is because on shabbos there is no night rather only light. Therefore on Shabbos it doesn't say "ויהי ערב ויהי בוקר". Like it is also mentioned referring to Moshiach "לילה כיום יאיר כחשיכה כאורה". (quoted here)

(The רמ״ע מפאנו (Yonas Elem 38) writes that this is the deeper reason why there is the repetition of the Amidah on Shabbos night, something we usually only do by day.)

  • Nice. I was raised to not say "good night" on shabbos, and I remembered hearing something to the effect of on shabbos there is no night rather only light, but I couldn't find a source for it.
    – shmosel
    Oct 27 at 4:34
  • Thanks for the answer. I didn’t catch that last part though about what chazara has to do with the light idea? Oct 27 at 5:21
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    @CuriousYid There's no night, so davening follows the daytime format.
    – shmosel
    Oct 27 at 17:02

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