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Is it permissible to listen or sing non-Jewish religious music so long as praise and worship is only expressed to Hashem and this is clear and/or your intention is only to praise G-d and no one else?

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    judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6677/1569 – b a Sep 30 '12 at 20:27
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    According to Kabala music comes from the heavenly spheres and reflects the person who created it. This is why many Jews will not listen to non-jewish music even without any religious themes. So it's not [just] the intention of the listener to only praise God, but also the intention of the person who sang the music. – Ariel Sep 30 '12 at 20:41
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    What's an example? Are you talking about, e.g., psalm texts set by Christian composers? Praise of (a generic) "God" not from particular sources and by non-Jewish composers? How do you know it's our God? – Monica Cellio Oct 2 '12 at 18:47
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11347 – msh210 Oct 3 '12 at 7:08
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The apparent ruling of Rabbi Israel Moses Hazan notwithstanding it seem very difficult to argue that such a practice is permitted.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner shlita has ruled that it is forbidden citing Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 167:1

  • What if there's no mention of any idolatry? Only God. – larry909 Jul 19 at 23:19

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