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The Parameters of Kol Isha by Rabbi Howard Jachter addresses this. See the full article for the details, but here are some excerpts: The Gemara (Berachot 24a) states, “The voice of a woman is Ervah, as the Pasuk [in Shir Hashirim 2:14] states ‘let me hear your voice because your voice is pleasant and appearance attractive.’” Rashi explains that the ...


The Wikipedia article on Tzniut ("modesty") contains this text about singing: Female singing voice Orthodox Judaism In Orthodox Judaism, men are generally not allowed to hear women sing, a prohibition called kol isha.[16] The Talmud classifies this as ervah (literally "nakedness"). The majority view of halachic authorities[17] is that this ...

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