The Mishna in Pesachim (117) corresponds certain negative sensations with their positive counterpart. I was wondering why "avel" (mourning) directly opposes "yom tov" as opposed to "simcha" or "ho'da". Today I learned the halacha regarding a first-born ovel and if and how he should exempt his fast by attending a siyum. One reason given in the n'ti gavriel is that it is ok for someone to make a siyum in a beis ovel because a siyum is compared to a yom tov, and a yom tov stops a shiva - and therefore there is no problem with a siyum being in his house. Therefore, it makes sense to me to say that the opposite of aveilus is a yom tov because that is the very thing stops aveilus (in that sense) . May we all be zoche to only simcha and yom tov all the days of our lives. Amen!

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