Maimouna, the day after Pesach, is probably the most well-known of the isru chag traditions. It originated with the Jews of North Africa, and these days Israelis honour it by making barbecues. There are various explanations for the meaning and origin of the holiday. A messianic hint can be glimpsed in the etymological explanation that sees the phrase as a corruption of “ma’amin ana” – “I believe”. This is a consolatory greeting suggesting that although the Messiah has not, as anticipated, actually arrived this Pesach, we remain hopeful.

(from here: http://www.masorti.org.uk/newsblog/newsblog/news-single/article/pesach-2.html#.WBGoIC4pBxs).

I find this explanation of the origin of "Maimouna" oddly moving. Is there evidence that it is correct?


From Wikipedia in hebrew

First hypothesis, from Maymun in arabic, which is chance, luck.

Second hypothesis, the lucky rich woman, who is the kalla, because there was a Minhag to allow marriages at Isru Chag Hapessach.

Third hypothesis, yahrzeit of Rabbi Maimon, the father of Maimonides.

Fourth hypothesis, alluded in the OP, from Emuna in hebrew, because of a statement in Talmud which said that Jews were delivered in Nissan and would be delivered in Nissan.

  • The OP asked for evidence for a particular view. This post does not cite any evidence for it. – mevaqesh Oct 27 '16 at 5:18
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    @mevaqesh, though very weak, a Wikipedia article per se is some evidence. – msh210 Oct 27 '16 at 7:27
  • @msh210 I think not. Its just states that some think this. If God Almighty told me that there are those that think this, that still wouldn't provide a shred of evidence. – mevaqesh Oct 27 '16 at 7:35

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