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I attended today a chasidic minyan and they did not say tachnun because it was the yahrzeit of a certain rebbe.

What is the source of this? Shouldn't this be a sad day?

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    The Artscroll Ohel Sarah siddur makes two tangential points: 1. Because it was based on a minhag and never established as an obligation, there are many exemptions (tur o"c 131 and darchei moshe there s"k 5) and that it isn;t said in beit avel during shivah so the connection to "sad" may not be relevant. – rosends Dec 28 '14 at 14:17
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This custom is brought in various modern Chassidic sefarim. See Chayei Halevi and מנהג ישראל תורה ח''א סי' קלא R' Yaakov Yosef quotes the Minchas Yitzchak who challenges this custom, as surely every day is someone prominent's Yartzheit, and so Tachanun may never be said!

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    Well, given that there were over 1200000 prophets, the chances of any day not being a Yartzheit of a big Tzaddik is infinitesimal. – Double AA Dec 28 '14 at 17:45

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