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Music During The Three Weeks🎶

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - Music During The Three Weeks 🎶


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


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Question:

May one listen to music during the Three weeks?


Answer:

Dancing is forbidden beginning from the Seventeenth of Tammuz until after Tishah B’Av. [1]

Even though the custom during the rest of the year is to be lenient and listen to music, during Ben HaMetzarim one should refrain from doing so. However, one may listen to music at a seudat mitzvah. [2] One may not listen to either live or recorded music. [3]

During a seudat mitzvah, such as a pidyon haben, brit milah, siyum mesechet, bar mitzvah, or sheva berachot, the Sepharadic custom is to permit listening to music. [4] Ashkenazim, however, are stringent and do not listen to music even during a seudat mitzvah. [5]


Sources:

[1]. Chayei Adam 133:8; Mishnah Berurah 551:16; Ben Ish Chai, Devarim 1:5; Kaf HaChaim §39.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 151; Yechaveh Daat 1:45; ibid. 6:34; Halichot Olam, vol. 2, p. 139; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 25:2; Torat HaMoadim, Ben HaMetzarim 5:2. Ohr LeTzion points out that one may not listen to music on Rosh Chodesh Av either.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 151.

[4]. Yechaveh Daat 6:34; Halichot Olam, vol. 2, p. 138; Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 151; Torat HaMoadim, Ben HaMetzarim 5:4. See also Kaf HaChaim 551:40.

[5]. See Shevet HaLevi 3:157; ibid., vol. 10, 81:2; Teshuvot VeHanhagot 5:167; Kovetz Halachot, Ben HaMetzarim 4:4; Orchot Rabbenu, vol. 2, p. 128:8; Ashrei HaIsh, vol. 3, 68:2; and Piskei Teshuvot 551:13.


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