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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 '12 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 '12 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). – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 23 '12 at 21:41
  • My parents always hung a Mishenechnas Adar sign in their house and I do so too. – Gershon Gold Feb 23 '12 at 21:41
  • Thanks again, @GershonGold for the updated answer; complete, convincing and generating simcha! – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 24 '12 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) – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 25 '12 at 20:08

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