Thursday, May 04, 2006

Finally, a *logical* explanation for the custom of mourning during Sefirah (hat-tip to DovBear)

Recommended reading: DovBear's Wednesday, May 03, 2006 post, "Why we mourn during s'fira (and not on Yom Hashoa)."

Main point: "During the Middle Ages, the days after Pesach were a time of great peril. This was the season for blood libels, pogroms and general military campaigning like the Crusades which slaughtered the Jews of the Rhineland in May of 1096. As a result, it became ordinary for Jews to be in mourning during the weeks after Pesach . . . "


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