Is it permissible to cry on Shabbos? What about if it is tears of joy? What are some halachos that pertain to crying (on Shabbos)? For example, can I tell someone something that may make them cry? What if I am sad, am I not allowed to cry? If I trip down stairs and I really hurt myself is it forbidden for me to cry? Sources please. Any answer will do but the more details the better.

  • See R' Daniel Travis' Shabbos: Tasting Eternity (section beginning p. 192).
    – Fred
    Jul 18, 2014 at 20:26
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    More directly, see Rama (OC 288:2): וכן מי שיש לו עונג אם יבכה כדי שילך הצער מלבו מותר לבכות בשבת.
    – Fred
    Jul 18, 2014 at 20:34
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    @Fred looks like an answer to me.
    – Scimonster
    Jul 19, 2014 at 19:27
  • There's a story of the Gra who on Shabbat heard his sister died and didn't cry till just after Havdala.
    – Double AA
    Aug 30, 2016 at 22:46
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    This is a clear article with all the sources. shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/crying-on-shabbos/#ftn1 Apr 16, 2017 at 12:12

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The answer is yes.

As @Fred pointed in his comment, poskim addressed your question in SA OC 288, 2, I just want to show the Baer Heytev in name of the Taz:

(ב) הצער מלבו: וט"ז כתב דוקא מחמת רוב דבקות בהקב"ה מותר לבכות וכ"ה מצוי במתפללים בכוונה אבל כדי שיצא הצער מלבו לא ע"ש (ובאליהו רבה התיר).‏

The Taz allowed to cry because of great attachment (to G-d), this phenomenon is current in persons who pray with concentration and feeling. But to cry to purge emotional pain is prohibited.

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