Fasting on Pesach Sheiyni

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One is not to fast on Pesach Sheiyni, as is the law regarding any day in which Tachanun is omitted.[1] This applies even if the fasts of Bahab fall on this day.[2] Some Poskim[3] however allow fasting on this day, especially if the fast of Bahab falls on the 14th of Iyar.



Is a Chasan and Kallah who are getting married on Pesach Sheiyni to fast on that day?

Some Poskim[4] rule a Chasan and Kallah are to fast on such a day. Other Poskim[5] however rule that they are not to fast on any day that Tachanun is omitted. In a case of need, such as a Chasan/Kallah who is very weak, one may be lenient.[6]



[1] Yosef Daas Veyad Shaul Y.D. 401; Likkutei Maharich; See M”A 573:1; P”M 568 A”A 19; M”B 568:37 and 573:7; Ashel Avraham Butchach 573 that one does not fast on any day that Tachanun is omitted; See Megilas Taanis ibid that a Hesped is forbidden on Pesach Sheiyni, and the same would apply to a fast

[2] Yosef Daas Veyad Shaul Y.D. 401; Likkutei Maharich; It is interesting to note that one of the main claims of the Misnagdim against the Chassidim in the Cherem of 1772 was that they did not say Tachanun on Pesach Sheiyni, and held feasts on the day even when it fell on Behab. [Nitei Gavriel Pesach 3 57:3]

[3] Maharsham 6:42; Siddur Yaavetz ; Ashel Avraham Butchach, brought in Taamei Haminhagim p. 250; Custom of Chazon Ish

[4] M”A 573:1; Chayeh Adam 132:43; Kitzur SHU”A 146:2; M”B 573:7

[5] Elya Raba 573:3 in name of Nachalas Shiva; M”B ibid in name of Yeish Makilim; Mishmeres Shalom 38:3; Ashel Avraham Butchach ibid

[6] Mateh Efraim 625:2; Daas Torah 573; Piskeiy Teshuvos 493:9

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