Why don't we say Yemach Shemo after people like Vespasian and other people who did bad things to the Jews many years ago? Why do we only say it after relatively recent Reshaim, e.g. Hitler.

Similarly, why don't we say Zichrono Livracha after Abaye and Rava, and just after more recent Tzaddikim? It is noteworthy that Chassidim ofter write a longer version of it after former Rebbes.

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    one of the prime examples of yemach shemo is not recent
    – rosends
    Jan 24, 2017 at 18:56
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    perhaps you mean zechuto yagen aleynu
    – kouty
    Jan 24, 2017 at 18:57
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    Can you edit to source that this is indeed what "we" do? Perhaps also better define "we" as not everyone does the same thing always.
    – Double AA
    Jan 24, 2017 at 18:58
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17723/759
    – Double AA
    Jan 24, 2017 at 19:02
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    @ezra they lived about 1000 years apart
    – Double AA
    Jan 24, 2017 at 22:48


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