Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there anything wrong about listening to Ambient Music produced by Non-Jews (with no lyrics or vocals and certainly no issue of Kol Isha.) The reason for listening to it is in order to relax or for pure enjoyment. Is it better not to because it's been produced by non-Jews (i.e. they perhaps lack the proper "intention" behind the production of the music.) Perhaps this only not permitted from a "spiritual" or "hashkafic" point of view.

I use the term "Ambient Music" as somewhat general to describe any sort of slow-style, relaxing music. I would ask the same question in regards to Classical Music as well if someone wishes to address this in an answer.

I realize a similar question was already addressed. However I'd like to specifically ask in the case of "Ambient Music" where there are no lyrics involved and is a localized genre which is difficult to say that this is "non-Jewish" music.

share|improve this question
How is this not covered in the previous question and its answers? (Not that being covered in previous answers is really relevant.) – Double AA Nov 3 '12 at 23:51

HaRav Yaakov Hilel says there is no way to say it's Asur Meikar Hadin but any music created by non-Jews or Jewish Reshaim should not be listened to (Wayashov Hayam).

share|improve this answer
I presume Al Pi HaSod it would be a problem. – Hacham Gabriel Nov 5 '12 at 18:25
What is the problem al pi sod? – Yehoshua Dec 19 '12 at 23:48
@Yehoshua עמוק עמוק מי ידענו – Hacham Gabriel Jan 25 '13 at 4:10
So how does anyway know then at all!? – Yehoshua Jan 25 '13 at 9:04
@Yehoshua I meant that I don't know, and I don't remember him bringing a reason. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 25 '13 at 18:45

There is no prohibition against 'non-Jewish' music per se. See this blog post.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.