I have two questions.

1. Is it permitted for a Jew to produce electronic dance music (no lyrics), which is usually played at clubs etc. where women and men will dance together (no gender separation but those "clubbers" are usually gentiles)?

2. Is it permitted for a Jew to perform (ie. play the music / be a dj) in such places?

  • 3
    Irving Berlin could ask a similar question. Jun 26, 2014 at 13:17
  • I can't see a problem with #1. There are discussions about the type of music Jews SHOULD Listen to, and, similarly, the types of music Jews SHOULD produce, but from what I recall they are "suggestions" vs. halacha. (For many years, Shlomo Carlebach music could not be sung or played at weddings!) For #2 - how would being a DJ at a mixed dance affair be any different than being a regular guest? You are physically there!
    – DanF
    Jun 26, 2014 at 14:08
  • @Clint Eastwood - so would De-Scribe myspace.com/describemusic
    – Gary
    Jun 26, 2014 at 14:12
  • 1
    @DanF It differs because the DJ is there for parnassa Jun 26, 2014 at 14:16
  • 1
    DanF. Perhaps you know, vinyl is making a comeback, especially in the UK. Projekt (sp?), Rega, VPI, etc. are all still producing brand new turntables. Prices range from $300 or so to tens-of-thousands. So don't feel "bad" about listening to White Album in vinyl. Digital never did nor ever will sound as good as vinyl! Shabbat Shalom DanF.
    – JJLL
    Jun 27, 2014 at 20:27

1 Answer 1


If the Jew has to put himself in the head-space of the dancers to produce the music then (1) should be assur because of kedoshim tiheyu, perushim min ha'arayos.

  • who said anything about producing music?
    – mevaqesh
    Jun 2, 2016 at 2:53

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .