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Listening To Music On Sefirat HaOmer While Working Out

The Daily Halacha Moment - Sefirat HaOmer & Music pt. 2


״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


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Question:

May I listen to music while exercising or working out during Sefirat HaOmer?


Answer:

Excellent question.

Some say that one is permitted to listen to music while exercising, provided that one is doing so to help him exercise (such as to stick to the rhythm) and not for enjoyment. Meaning, when music is not being played for enjoyment, but only for “keeping the beat,” there is no prohibition. Also, one should ensure that the intention is not to enjoy the music, but rather to keep the beat of ones exercise. That being said, one should not choose music that one particularly enjoys.

However, to satisfy all opinions one should try to listen to acapella instead. It's good to note that some refrian from listening all together, one should follow one's custom.


Sources:

See Gemara Sota 48; Magen Avraham Siman 560; Mishnah Berurah Siman 560; Kovetz Halachot Of Sefirat Haomer pg. 109 Written in the name of Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky.

See also Piskei Halacha of Rav Yisrael Belsky pg. 106


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