I’ve seen in various calendars that 15 Kislev is the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi. Does anyone have a source for this?

  • Interesting question. So far the oldest source I could find for this is from 1929, in Rabbi Reuven Margolioth's הלולא דצדיקיא, but he mentions it as a well-known fact, so clearly there's a much older source out there.
    – Harel13
    Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 11:06
  • Interestingly the custom of the Chevra Kadisha in many of the communities of Lita was to hold their annual fast on 15th Kislev. I believe Chabad still practices this way.
    – Joel K
    Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 19:50
  • Other communities hold it on Adar 7 @JoelK (which is Moshe Rabbeinu's Yahrzeit, so might be related). This seems like it might be a plausible place to look, if anyone has access?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 21:56
  • @RabbiKaii The article you linked to does not provide a source, although it does mention the date as 15 Kislev. It should be noted that Rebbi’s grave is at the necropolis in Beit Shearim, not in Tzippori, as evidenced by the gemara and midrash.
    – Yø-c Ro
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 2:30


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