I have seen that some sing Shoshanas Yaakov on Pesach to commemorate the death of Haman. Can someone please direct me to an authoritative source for this custom?

See references to it here: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/how-do-you-commemorate-the-death-of-haman http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/when-did-haman-die

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Aba. What would you consider an "authoritative source" for this? – Scimonster Mar 23 '15 at 18:07
  • @Scimonster The early the better but I would settle for anything pre-ww2. – Aba Mar 23 '15 at 18:11
  • I have heard of Esther Hamalka Kugel / salad. Never heard of this Minhag, however sounds plausible. – Gershon Gold Mar 23 '15 at 20:30
  • @GershonGold The Orach Hashulchan Laws of Passover 490:1 mentions adding a dish to the second day's meal. – Aba Mar 24 '15 at 16:14

Taame Haminhagim 579 says Sh'ne Luchos Hab'ris [circa 1600] indicates one should memorialize Ester's meal at the meal of the second day of Pesach, as that was the day Haman was hanged. He doesn't say how to memorialize it, but I guess Shoshanas Yaakov is one way to do it.

Update: Thanks to Aba, who found the Sh'lah (in the hagaha on the linked-to page). Note that it doesn't use "oughta" language like the Taame Haminhagim: it says, rather, that some who are careful do so. And it adds (as the Taame Haminhagim doesn't) that the purpose of this practice is to mention the praises of God [which makes the singing of Shoshanas Yaakov seem to me to be a good implementation of this practice].

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    "which makes the singing of Shoshanas Yaakov seem to me to be a good implementation of this practice", not 100% because the Sh'lah wrote to make a remembrance of the meal Esther made which implies food, Shosanos Yakkov makes no mention of the meal. I just saw the Magen Avrahom in 190:1 and also he seems to understand the Sh'lah as food. – Aba Mar 24 '15 at 19:11
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    on second thought the purpose of serving the extra food is to lead to singing the praises of G-d so yes just serving the food would not be enough unless you sing a song like Shoshanas Yakkov – Aba Mar 24 '15 at 19:36
  • a reason not to sing it .....is that they did not start singing until mordecai walked out in royal garb because they were under threat so celebrating haman demise does not deserve שושנת יעקב .....not yet – user19400 Jan 9 at 3:49

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