FAST OR FEST- IVAL?
The Chasam Sofer writes (Parshas Emor –Hesped)
about an argument with R. Efraim Zalmen Margulios:
“We don’t find anywhere
(in Chazal) to make a Yom Tov
on the Yahrzeit of a Tzaddik.
contrary, we find in Chazal, to fast on the day a parent* or a Rebbe dies.”
The Chasam Sofer
explains, when the Zohar, calls it Yoma d’Hilulla, it is referring to Shomayim.
Only in heaven are they happy when a Tzadik arrives there. In this world it is a sad
day and fasting is in order.
The Sdei Chemed writes, he heard, the Toras Chesed
(R. Shnier Zalmen. Lublin- Liadi) said the Chasam Sofer
missed a Befeirishe Rashi (Yevamos 122a D.H. Teloso Rigla)
Rashi explains “Rigla Deamorei” in Teshuvas
Hageonim, he found, that on the day an Odom Gadol dies, they institute that day for
Talmidei Chachamim to gather and establish a Yeshiva at his grave.
We see from here that it is called a Regel (Yom
The Sdei Chemed writes, “he can’t believe the Peh
Kadosh (Toras Chesed) would have made such a statement on the Chasam Sofer.
Where do we find Rashi, disagreeing with the
Chasam Sofers argument, against partying and turning the day of Misas Tzadikim
into a Simcha & Yom Tov.”
*It is interesting, the Chasam Sofers Rebetzin
wrote in her
Tzavo’oh, not to fast on her Yahrzeit. (Bitul
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