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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    – b a
    Sep 30, 2012 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, 2012 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? Oct 2, 2012 at 18:47
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11347
    – msh210
    Oct 3, 2012 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, 2019 at 23:19

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