Chapter: 3 – Customs of Mourning During the Omer Period

3.1 – The Reason for These Customs

The days between Pesach and Shavu’ot are days of sorrow, because 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died then.  Therefore, we keep some of the customs of mourning during this period, postponing marriages, refraining from taking haircuts, and avoiding dancing, unless … Continue reading

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3.2 – The Duration of the Mourning Period

There are many customs as to when the mourning period begins and ends.  We will mention the four primary ones: 1) The laws of mourning last the entire Omer period.  This custom is based on the version of the Gemara … Continue reading

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