Funerals on Pesach Sheiyni

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Eulogy/Hesped:[1] One does not say a Hesped on any day that Tachanun is omitted[2] unless the person is a Torah Sage, and his body is present at the time of the Hesped.[3]

Tziduk Hadin:[4] One does not say Tziduk Hadin, or the Kaddish that follows it, on any day that Tachanun is omitted, [unless the person is a Torah Sage[5]].

Erev Pesach Sheiyni: It is permitted to eulogize and say Tziduk Hadin on Erev Pesach Sheiyni even past midday.[6]



Does an Avel Daven for the Amud on Pesach Sheiyni?

Yes, and so is the Chabad custom.[7] Others[8] however are accustomed that an Avel is not Chazzan on any day that Tachanun is omitted.


May a Matzeiva [tombstone] be established on Pesach Sheiyni?[9]

This may not be done if eulogies will take place during the occasion.



[1] Megilas Taanis “Pischa Zeira is forbidden in eulogy”; See Michaber 420:1 and 670:3 and Y.D. 401:5; Taz 420:1; M”A 420:1 and 548:8; Admur 429:8 regarding the month of Nissan; Chochmas Adam 169:25 [unlike Chayeh Adam 118:7]; Kaf Hachaim 420:1; Nitei Gavriel Aveilus 52:3

[2] This law if learned from the law brought in Poskim ibid that women do not lament by funerals during these days. It is also learned from the Poskim in next Halacha who prohibit saying Tziduk Hadin on any day that Tachanun is omitted, and if Tziduk Hadin is omitted than certainly a Hesped may not be said. [See Taz ibid that a Hesped is more severe than Tziduk Hadin as Tziduk Hadin is “not a eulogy but recognition and acceptance of the Divine decree” and hence some opinions allow Tziduk Hadin; See also M”A 548:8 that one may not even say praise of the dead because this can lead to a eulogy.]

[3] Michaber Y.D. 401:5; See Admur ibid; Taz and M”A ibid; Chochmas Adam 169:25 [unlike Chayeh Adam 118:7]

[4] Rama 420:2 and Y.D. 401:6; Maharitz Geios; See Kaf Hachaim 420:2

Other opinions: Some Poskim rule that Tziduk Hadin and Kaddish is recited on Lag Baomer being it is not considered a eulogy but merely a blessing to Hashem. [Michaber 420:2; Opinions in Tur 420; Talmidei Rashi; Rambam] Practically, each community is to follow their custom, and in a place where there is no set custom, it is better not to say it. [Kaf Hachaim ibid]

[5] Taz 420:1 that the Rama passed away on Lag Baomer of the year 5333 [שלג] and they were in question as to whether they should say Tziduk Hadin, at which point a prestige Sage stepped forward and stated that he heard from the Rama that one may say Tziduk Hadin on an important Sage, and so he went ahead and said it in a loud voice. [Taz ibid]

[6] This applies according to all opinions being that Tachanun is not omitted from Mincha of the 13th.

[7] See Sefer Haminhagim p. 20 and 68 [English]

[8] Darkei Chaim Veshalom 634; See P”M 108 in M”Z and 671 M”Z 8; Minhagei Chasam Sofer 1:14; Biur Halacha 132

[9] See Maharsham 2 Hakdama [established a Matzeiva for his wife on Lag Baomer]; Dvar Yehoshua 1:80; Minchas Yitzchak 3:51-53 in name of Levushei Mordechai and 4:107; Kinyan Torah 2:122; Nitei Gavriel 16:3; Piskeiy Teshuvos 697:1

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