Here in Israel, there are many customs surrounding Yom HaShoah; the morning siren, ceremonies, storytelling from survivors, etc. However, I'm not sure I've ever heard a way to greet someone that acknowledges this solemn day. Does anyone know or have any suggestions?

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    What is the proper greeting for Tish'ah BeAv?
    – Seth J
    Apr 7, 2013 at 18:01
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    @SethJ: Trick question, since we don't greet each other on Tishah B'Av.
    – Aryeh
    Apr 7, 2013 at 18:07
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    @Aryeh Or is yours the trick question?
    – Double AA
    Apr 7, 2013 at 18:11
  • Only on Tishah B'Av do we forbid greetings. On minor fast days (which is probably the most similar in spirit and behavior as Yom HaShoah), many people in Israel say "Tzom Mo'il" or "Tzom Kal" to each other. I don't think it's a trick question. If I were to suggest a new greeting, it would be in the positive spirit of Tzom Mo'il, like "May this remembrance teach us."
    – Aryeh
    Apr 7, 2013 at 19:01
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    Maybe hello?? ? May 23, 2014 at 21:11

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Yom hashoa occurs during the month of Nissan. The custom around Nissan is to increase in Joy. While the holocaust is a serious and solemn time to remember it would be inappropriate during the month of nissan to alter our behavior to remember an event that invokes feelings of mourning thus the proper greeting would be the same as any other normal weekday or shabbos depending on what day it falls on.

  • actually I think that was a mistake. I don't have the sefarim to look it up but it was actually the chasam sofer not the shulchan aruch
    – Laser123
    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:04
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    What about our Sefira mourning? Apr 23, 2017 at 5:04
  • good question. sefira changes very specific things but not our greetings. Also even though we limit specific things due to the mourning from sefira we also still don't say tachanun as the month of nissan is still joyous.
    – Laser123
    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:06
  • May be helpful to mention: Yom Hashoah as such was not established by Jewish (religious) law. It was established by a resolution by Israel's parliament in 1951 and by a law in 1955, amended 1959. I'd illustrate that preceding and parallel religious decisions can sympathize with Yom HaShoah: After the State of Israel was founded (1948), the Chief Rabbinate held a "perpetual" (תמידי) remembrance day for Diaspora martyrs on 10 Tevet, particularly Jan 11, 1949; Dec 19, 1949; Dec 30, 1950. The date 10 Tevet is the long established fast for the start of Nebuchadnezzar's siege of Jerusalem.
    – minopret
    Apr 21, 2020 at 19:37

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