Fasts and eulogies

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Fasts and Eulogies: [1]

It is forbidden to fast or deliver eulogies on the 14th or 15th of Adar. This applies in all places and to all Jews whether they are inhabitants of a city that is celebrating Purim on the 14th or a city that is celebrating Purim on the 15th.

Taanis Chalom: One may fast a Taanis Chalom on Purim.[2] Nevertheless one is not to fast past Mincha.[3]



Is a Chasan and Kallah to fast on Purim if it is the day of their wedding?



May a eulogy be given on Purim on behalf of a Torah scholar that passed away?[4]



May one fast or give a eulogy on Sunday of Purim Meshulash?[5]


A Chasan and Kallah: A Chasan and Kallah are not to fast on Sunday of Purim Meshulash.


May one cry out of mourning on Purim?[6]   

No. One may not cry out of mourning of a person who passed away a number of days before Purim.


May one visit a cemetery Purim?[7]


An Avel at the conclusion of Shiva: An Avel may visit the grave his relative at the end of Shiva. Those people which are not Aveilim are not to participate in the visitation. [Some Poskim however write that even an Avel at the end of Shiva should not visit the cemetery.]

Erev Purim: Yes.[8] Thus An Avel may visit the grave his relative at the end of Shiva on Erev Purim.[9]


May one say Hashkava or Tziduk Hadin on Purim?

Some Poskim[10] rule it may be said on Purim and so is the Sefaradi custom. Others[11] rule it may not be said on any day that Tachanun is omitted, including Purim, and so is the Ashkenazi custom.


[1] 696/3

[2] Rama 695/2

[3] M”A 695/4

[4] Nimukei Orach Chaim 420; To note that Rav Moshe Feinstein was eulogized on Purim 1986; See Piskeiy Teshuvos 547/1; 696/4

[5] Mahraiy Algazi 11; Piskeiy Teshuvos 696/4

[6] Beis Yehuda 24; Birkeiy Yosef 696/8; Shaareiy Teshuvah 696/4; Kaf Hachaim 696/18 and 20

[7] M”A 696/5 in name of Mahrash Halevi 13; Kneses Hagedola 696; Olas Shabbos 696/2; Elya Raba 696/3; Kaf Hachaim 696/17; M”B 696/8

[8] Gesher Hachaim 1 p. 259

[9] See Piskeiy Teshuvos 696 footnote 16 which explains the ruling of the M”A 696/5 to forbid going to a grave site on Erev Purim to only be referring to the women who lament over the grave, however the Avel may visit he grave at the end of Shiva.

[10] Michaber Yoreh Deah 401/6; Kneses Hagedola 696 brought in M”A 696/5

[11] Rama Yoreh Deah 401/6; Levush brought in M”A 696/10; M”B 696/16


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