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1) Are you allowed to listen to Music on Rosh Chodesh Iyar? 1a) Does your individual Sefirah status matter such as the first half, second half or both?

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The Shulchan Aruch writes (OC 493:3) that those who think that Rosh Chodesh Iyar serves as an exception to the customary mourning practics are mistaken. (That is not a terminology he uses very often.)

Thus, if your "half" of mourning includes Rosh Chodesh Iyar, you should continue your mourning practices on that day.

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+1 for the diyuk, but one may except music which is a later custom in the same way some are lenient on pesach. Although pesach has a stronger reason, I believe that logic is the premiss of the question. – YDK Apr 23 '12 at 22:05
@YDK See the Beit Yosef here where he points out the issue is one of counting days; you need Rosh Chodesh to fill up the number 33. Besides, Chol HaMoed is quite different: someone whose relative dies on Chol HaMoed doesn't do aveilut, and we should because of this minhag?? However, aveilut is in full force on Rashei Chodashim. – Double AA Apr 23 '12 at 22:13

Rosh Chodesh Iyar is definitely part of the mourning period, whichever "half" of sefirah one observes. One may only listen to music as part of a seudas mitzvah, such as a Sheva Berachos for a couple that got married at the end of Nissan.

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The yesod is 33 days of aveilus overall.

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I have never heard of people that can pick and choose and make up later (e.g., I got tix to a ball game next week. I will go, and then keep an extra day on the 34th) – Jeremy Apr 15 '10 at 14:15
First of all you can not choose a random 33 day6s it is a halachic Klal from the Eliyah Rabbah, but you can choose which part of sefirah you want on a yearly basis and change it. – SimchasTorah Apr 15 '10 at 22:51
According to R' Moshe, it's not so simple to change from the 1-33 custom to another custom, but one may change from another custom to the 1-33 one. – YDK Apr 23 '12 at 21:52
Also, I think you have the start of an answer, but you need to elaborate and bring sources. – YDK Apr 23 '12 at 21:53

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