Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah boy's aliyah latorah that takes place on a day when tachanun is normally said (basically Monday and Thursday)?

I've been to a few of these, and seen different cases. Once, tachanun was skipped because of a brit that day. Another time tachanun was said, but then someone said afterwards that maybe it shouldn't have been.
I think it might depend on when the actual birthday (bo bayom) is. (I've heard as much.)

So, what's the law, and what is the source/reasoning behind it?

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Rivivos Efraim 8 page 400 says that one should say Tachanun at a Bar Mitzva and also has a letter from Rabbi Nosson Gestetner which says that Tachanun should be said at a Bar Mitzva as it is not listed in Orach Chaim 131:4-6 as one of the times it should not be said.

See also Minchas Yitzchak 8:11 where he mentions that the Minchas Elazar did not say Tachanun on the day of a Bar Mitzva, however he says that one should say.


R' Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 1:27 says that a Bar Mitzvah boy entering mitzva-hood is like a chosson entering the chuppah and therefore one does not say tachanun on a bar-mitzvah.

  • Is this just for the bo bayom, or at the celebration, whenever that might be?
    – Scimonster
    Jun 14, 2015 at 21:04
  • @Scimonster the bo bayom - when he becomes chayav in mitzvos. Jun 14, 2015 at 21:05

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