Why do Shuls put up notices saying משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה ?

Do we think that a notice will change our mood? And if so, why not put up a notice in Elul saying that the Yom HaDin is coming?

  • what about mishenichnas av signs?
    – Double AA
    Feb 23, 2012 at 22:21

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The Nitei Gavriel - Purim Perek 11 #4 brings from the Yalkut Avraham Siman 686, that the Minhag was to put the משנכנס sign over the Zecher L'Charban area, since it is a Zeman Simcha.

Regarding hanging a Mishenechnas sign in the Shul - see page 262 - that the Minhag was to hang it on the Western wall of the Shul - where often that is where the entrance is.

Why we do not hang up in Elul signs - the שו"ת אפרקסתא דעניא ח"ב או"ח סי' לו ס"ק ד says that since there is no such Maamar Chazal therefore we do not do it.

  • that's a great source!
    – none
    Feb 23, 2012 at 21:32
  • Thanks, @GershonGold. I don't know people who do it in the house. We don't have a zecher l'churban in our Shul (that I know of). Feb 23, 2012 at 21:41
  • My parents always hung a Mishenechnas Adar sign in their house and I do so too. Feb 23, 2012 at 21:41
  • Thanks again, @GershonGold for the updated answer; complete, convincing and generating simcha! Feb 24, 2012 at 12:17
  • @Gershon Gold Putting up the mishenichnas sign over the zecher lechurban area fits well with the source כשם שמשנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה (Taanis 29a) Feb 25, 2012 at 20:08

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