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Devarim (Deut.) ch. 16).. lists the 3 pilgrimage holidays, Pesach, Shavuot and Succot. Of the 3 holidays, Pesach has no explicit mention of "simcha" (joy). Why is that? Is simcha not required on Pesach as with the other holidays? If it is required, is it only Midrabbanan (Rabbinical)?

  • Did you check for the root ש.מ.ח. in other places of the Torah where Pesach is discussed? – Double AA Apr 11 '16 at 21:09
  • This is asked by the midrash, see here for example. Also here and here (sorry but cannot expand this into a full answer right now, hopefully this helps). – Cauthon Apr 11 '16 at 21:44
  • In tehillim we find do not become overjoy when your enemy suffers – Yamin Apr 12 '16 at 1:56
  • @Yamin. That's an interesting angle that may connect to the Midrash that G-d was angry when they sang Shira at the sea. Perhaps, you can find a connection? – DanF Apr 12 '16 at 2:27
  • Then you have your own answer i think you just try to multiply your answer – Yamin Apr 12 '16 at 2:31
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Yalkut Shimoni in Parshas Emor (654) addresses this: "You won't find even a single mention of simcha by Pesach. Why? Because on Pesach the grain is judged...alternatively, because on Pesach the Egyptians died." The Tanya Rabasi (57) cites the latter explanation, then adds,"...therefore 2 simchos are written by Succos - one for itself [Succos] and one for Pesach."

Tosfos (Chagigah 8a - the last one) writes that the simcha of Pesach is learned through a hekesh from Shvuos.

The Yeraim (127) writes that we learn it from a gzeirah shava from Succos, or from "vsumachta bchagecha" which implies that any holiday on which there is a mitzvah of chagigah, there is a also a mitzvah of simcha.

So it would seem that it's not only Midrabbanan.

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The Tzror Hamor says that when am yisroel came out of Egypt on pesach, the torah had not yet been given to them, so that the torah does not mention simcha. in addition to that, they did not know at that time that the mitzrim had been drown until the 7th day of their departure, and it was only at this moment that they rejoiced.

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It's written, I believe, but don't know where, that women are exempt from coming 3 times a year to the Beis Hamikdash, because only males are commanded, but they still have to go to Yerushalayim because of the Mitzva of Simchas Yom Tov. Which implies that there is a Mitzva of Simcha of all Sholosh Regolim. Since I don't know the source I can't check the accuracy of this.

  • So why isn't it mentioned in the verses by Pesach? Or is it? – Double AA May 10 '16 at 22:49
  • I think that what you say in the 1st sentence is the 1st Mishnah of Tal. Chagiga. And, we do know that there isa general mitzvah of Simchat Yom Tov. My question is specifically regarding its elimination in the verses mentioned, not the fact that simcha is not required on Pesach. – DanF May 10 '16 at 23:04
  • Welcome to the site! – mevaqesh May 11 '16 at 5:51
  • No source, but maybe this is the reason. There's more need for an explicit source for simcha, and hence women's chiyuv, for the other regalim because on Pesach women have to go anyway to eat the Pesach. – Heshy Jun 9 '16 at 23:31

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