For those that hold Yom Ha'Atzmaut to be a 'chag' or 'pseudo-chag' (to whatever extent, see here), does it directly follow that tachanun is not said at mincha on erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut?


[Collected from the writings of Ha-Rav Aviner]

  1. Tachanun on Erev Yom Ha-Atzmaut It is proper to recite Tachanun at Minchah of Erev Yom Ha-Atzamaut, as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has decreed this day "Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Tzahal," which is a day of mourning.[1]

[1]Iturei Cohanim #97, Shut She'eilat Shlomo 3:147, Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah: Medinat Yisrael #34 p. 7, Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah: Yom Ha-Atzamaut ve-Yom Yerushalayim p. 73, Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah: Eretz Yisrael pp. 264-265

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The Koren Yom Haatzmaut Machzor says to say tachanun at mincha of erev yom haatzmaut if you daven during mincha gedola, but that one skips tachanun during mincha ketana.

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  • Where does that come from? I don't think I've ever heard that with respect to any other day. – Heshy Apr 28 '17 at 19:08

R Eliezer Melamed in Peninei Halacha (Tefila 21:7) writes we do not say Tachanun on Erev Yom Haatzmaut

Today, ever since Hashem began to bring forth our redemption, Tachanun is not recited on Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israel’s Independence Day), and on the 28th of Iyar, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Liberation Day), nor at Minchah before each of them

This is also the opinion of the Chief Rabinate of Israel (quoted here from 2012)

... the Rabbanut explains that, in their opinion, Tachanun should not be said today at Mincha of Yom HaZikaron, Thursday being Yom HaAtzmaut, and on Friday 5 Iyar.

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Yes. My congregation did not say tachanun at mincha today. This is seemingly based on the fact that the Rinat Yisrael siddur does not list it as one of the exceptions to the tachanun at mincha before a chag rule.

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  • How does your evidence support your claim? (Incidentally, your claim seems inaccurate given the somber nature of Yom HaZikkaron.) – Double AA Apr 22 '15 at 23:47
  • This is not a given, just because Yom Ha'Atzma'ut is a "chag". Erev Yom Kippur can also be considered a "chag", in some fashion, and is of far older origin than Yom Ha'atzma'ut. Yet, on the mincha before it, Tachanun is said, IIRC. Erev Rosh Hashanah also has the same rules, yet, ERH, itself is not a chag. – DanF Apr 23 '15 at 1:04
  • @DanF Compare with Pesach Sheni. Since the celebration only began late on the 14th Iyar there was no celebration on the preceding night and, therefore, no skipping of tachanun on the afternoon of the 13th – MichaelKatz Jun 23 '15 at 23:16
  • The fact that your shul didn't say tachanun doesn't mean that it follows automatically. When I was in yeshiva, we did say tachanun at mincha on erev yom ha'atzmaut. – Daniel Jul 22 '15 at 22:30
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt A yeshiva that did not say tachanun on the day of Yom Ha'atzmaut. – Daniel May 11 '16 at 16:47

It depends really if the night is also a chag. If it is only the day then tachnun is said.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya, cham. Do you have a source for this idea? Also, do you know of anyone who holds that the day is a chag while the night isn't? – Scimonster Apr 23 '15 at 20:46
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    Why would it only be the daytime? – Double AA Apr 26 '15 at 2:02

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