In the Sefer “
(p262) In the chapter
עניני הילולי דרשב"י
” it says “The Yahrzeit day of the
Tanna R.Meir is not mentioned anywhere. People recently made up
a new Yom Tov as if the Yahrzeit is on
. It is known
their whole intention was
, to make money with another Hillula.”
He also quotes a letter from the
R. Mottel Slonimer zt”l
who harshly criticizes them for being עובר בל תוסיף by inventing
this new Yom Tov.
(Asifas Dinim Ma'areches Eretz Yisroel) wrote a letter
to the Sephardic Chachamim in T’verya, asking for the source of the new
celebration, the Hillula of R. Meir.
“On earlier celebrations (Lag Baomer) the Rabonei Ashkenaz
Shoel Umeishiv) have complaints & are
ned and now we come up with a new Hillula”.
The Sephardi Chachamim answered, even though the Yahrzeit of R.Meir is not known it is still proper to do the
Hilulla to raise funds for the Bais Midrash built at the Tzi
The Sdei Chemed
wasn't satisfied wi
לוח דבר בעתו
( M.Genuth), on the 14th Iyar
he entered Hillulas R.Meir Ba'al Hanes
a few lines later in smaller letters he writes "There is no
Mesorah for the day of the Petirah".