Various Chassidim have different customs regarding special occasions where they don't say Tachanun.

[I know this because sometimes I daven in a Vishnitz shule and, upon asking why they didn't say Tachanun one Chassid answered that it was a special day for Vishnitz (I forgot what exactly... maybe a Yartzeit of a Rebbe)]

For instance Chabad chassidim don't say Tachanun on a day where one of the Chabad Rebbeim was released from prison. (= Yom HaGeulah) [see Sefer HaMinhagim p16, Hayom Yom 19th Kislev, 12th Tamuz and 13th Tamuz (search for the word 'Tachanun')]

What special days/occasions do other branches of Chasiddim have on which they don't say Tachanun?

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    I remember hearing of a new shull in Israel were many of the congregants were Chassidim and were not going to say tachanun, but many others were not and were going to. In order to avoid the conflict the Rabbi of the shull begged a newly married man to daven there on that day so that everyone would not say tachanun and avoid the conflict that could have harmed the new (i.e. it did not have settled minhagim yet) shull. (Yes, I know this doesn't answer the question, it just seemed like an interesting story to share.)
    – Ariel
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 11:05
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    See the answers to this: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/2653/3
    – WAF
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 11:51
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    Wouldn't it be easier to ask the question the other way?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 14:18
  • You want an exhaustive list?
    – Seth J
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 15:29
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    On days ending in -y
    – SAH
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 6:39

3 Answers 3


Most Chassidic Groups:1

  • On the yahrtzeit of a rabbi with connection to the group (either a previous rebbe, or someone with substantial influence on the group or that town's inhabitants).
  • When their rebbe does, e.g. when his child gets married or is circumcised.
  • On days when special joyous events happened to their past rebbes, e.g. they were freed from prison or concentration camp, or a decree affecting them was abolished.


  • On Yom HaAtzma'ut.3


  • Do say tachanun on on Yom HaAtzma'ut, even if there would be reasons not to say. a) 4


  • If there is a circumcision anywhere in that town (common custom is only that synagogue).
  • By Mincha.b)


  • On Fridays.4


  • On Erev Rosh Chodesh if it is after the molad.
  • Reb Mendel's chassidim by Mincha, even though it is always before sunset.c)


  • From Rosh Chodesh Adar I until seven days after Shavuos.
  • Whenever there can be found a reason (e.g. Mincha, Yahrtzeit,...).


  • By Mincha.


a) The current Belz​er rebbe himself steps out of his own synagogue to say tachanun alone, if his synagogue omits it by a bris milah. This is even though he is the sandak and mohel and normally would not say tachanun, even in a minyan other that where the bris takes place.2
b) Lev Tahor says tachanun by Mincha, even though they use the Munkatch​er siddur.1
c) Reb Mendel keeps the custom of his father, Reb Moshele, who abolished tachanun by Mincha. However, traditionally it is said, and so do Reb Mottele's chassidim, and Reb Yisroel is reinstating the old custom for his chassidim.7


1 Personal experience
2 Heard from Lipa Klein, Montreal, a prominent Belz​er chassid who was there
3 Such chassidim
4 Siddur Yetev Lev
5 Siddur Tz'vi Tiferes
6 Viznitz​er siddur
7 Montreal's Yisroel-Viznitz​er dayan
8 Montreal's Shotz​er rebbe's son (See Wikipedia for information about the split within Viznitz)

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    You deserve a down vote for the comment about Belz. Belz most certainly does say Tachanun on Yom HaAtzmaoot. Not only that but because the post Pesach B"HaB cycle many times overlaps with Yom HaAtzmaoot you will find Belzer Chassidim saying selichots on Yom Hatzmaoot. In the Chassidic world Belz is known to be more makpid on Tachnun than others (e.g. Zidatchov) so your comment is waaay off. Please edit your answer
    – eramm
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 12:20
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    I imagine what your friend witnessed was that there was a bris on Yom Hatzmaoot (since the Rebbe is the defacto sandek/mohel in Belz tachnun is often not said at his minyan) and even though there was a bris the Rebbe said tachnun privately. Bear in mind it's a very rare occasion where the Belzer Rebbe davens in the same room when davening in his personal Beis Medrish so the fact that someone claims to have "seen" is suspect.
    – eramm
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 12:55
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    emm.. Chabad DO say tachanun on yartzeits of Tzadikim, as opposed to other chasidic groups Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 0:16
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    as well as when the Chabad Rebbeim don't say tachanun, the chassidim do, for example zayin adar Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 0:20
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    @NBZ sorry I worded my comment a little unclear, as per Chabad minhag, I'll look up the mekor, but I am pretty sure its in sefer haminhagim, we do say tachanun on yartzeits of all our rebbeim, and I'm pretty sure the Rebbe (MMS) may also have a letter about the connection between saying tachanun and a yartzeit of a tzaddik. Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 4:28

Mincha, for one. It's customary among some chasidim to pray mincha after sunset, when one does not[citation needed] say tachanun. Therefore[citation needed], even on the occasion that they pray earlier, some skip tachanun.

  • Viznitz are careful to daven mincha before shkia, but they never say tachanun by mincha. Munkatch never say tachanun by mincha, it isn't even in their siddur. (Source: the two places I daven most often)
    – Adám
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 18:50

Check the Nusach Sfard ArtScroll US Siddur. It notes that most people who daven Nusach Sfard don’t say Tachanun during Minchah. What about on the days the Nesiim brought their Karbanot? I recall being in Shuls which skipped Tachanun on those days.

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