Restrictions on laguter during exile

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It is Rabbinically forbidden for one to fill his mouth with laughter in this world.[2] [This refers only to engaging in excessive laughter and frivolity with others for long periods of time. It is however permitted to laugh temporarily.[3] Some Poskim[4] however write it refers to laughing in a very loud manner.] This law applies even by the occasion of a Mitzvah, such as by a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva, Chasuna, or on Purim, in which case one’s joy is to be limited.[5] In the time of the redemption however, it will become permitted to excessively rejoice during a Mitzvah occasion.[6]


[1] Michaber 560:5; Y.D. 228:15; Brachos 31b

[2] The reason: Having too much joy causes one to forget the yoke of heaven, and leads to sin of Erva. [M”A 560:12] It also causes economic instability and brings G-d’s wrath onto the world. [Tana Dvei Eliyahu 13]

[3] Aruch Hashulchan 560:8

[4] Yosef Ometz 891

[5] Taz 560:6

[6] Taz ibid

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