Is it Asur to watch violent sports like boxing or UFC, or some of the horrific videos of war footage that can be found online (which were pointed out to me, and to which I won't link here) for entertainment?

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    You might want to link to some page describing UFC. I, for one, had never heard of it, though I may, of course, be in a small minority. Also, do you have any reason for thinking it may be asur? I mean, why do you ask?
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 22:13
  • ... or NFL football?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 22:14
  • @IsaacMoses Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18721.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 22:34
  • also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15915/5
    – Seth J
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 23:59
  • @msh210 done...
    – Seth J
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 0:02

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From a responsum of R. Yitzchok Abadi (Ohr Yitzchok vol. 1 YD §26) it would seem to be prohibited on the basis of an opinion in the Talmud with regards to images forbidden to gaze upon (Meg. 28a). Additionally, according to his presentation of Rambam (AZ 10:4) it would certainly be prohibited to watch combat sports which is behavior that goes against Jewish ethos.

  • @ezra I'd assume so too. Any reason it wouldn't/shouldn't?
    – Oliver
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 4:56
  • It seems like the OP asked for a reason for it to be asur — so yes, we found you a reason. Nonetheless, +1. Also, obviously, someone dedicated to Judaism and Torah study wouldn’t waste his time with such stuff
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 5:42

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