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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 '17 at 18:56
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    perhaps you mean zechuto yagen aleynu – kouty Jan 24 '17 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 '17 at 18:58
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17723/759 – Double AA Jan 24 '17 at 19:02
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    @ezra they lived about 1000 years apart – Double AA Jan 24 '17 at 22:48

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