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 '13 at 18:01
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    @SethJ: Trick question, since we don't greet each other on Tishah B'Av. – Aryeh Apr 7 '13 at 18:07
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    @Aryeh Or is yours the trick question? – Double AA Apr 7 '13 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 '13 at 19:01
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    Maybe hello?? ? – termsofservice May 23 '14 at 21:11

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.

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  • 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 '17 at 5:04
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    What about our Sefira mourning? – Shmuel Brin Apr 23 '17 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 '17 at 5:06

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