Can you listen to music on the fast of the tenth of tevet?


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Nitei Gavriel - Chanuka - 60:6 says that one should not listen to music on a fast day.

(sources: Rokeiach, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 121:1)

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    Who is Rabbi Gavriel Zinner?
    – Ani Yodea
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 16:06
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    @AniYodeya vosizneias.com/81017/2011/04/17/…
    – Yishai
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 20:36
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    The Rokeiach is quite a big work. Does he give anything more precise?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 1:44
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    The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch doesn't say this. He says (my translation): "The essence is not the fasting... the fast is only a preparation for teshuva. Therefore, when fasting, people who go on trips/strolls and while away their time with useless activities have grasped the secondary aspect of the fast and abandoned its primary aspect." Clearly, he does not indicate a formal prohibition against listen to music, as implied by the Nit'ei Gavriel.
    – Fred
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 21:45
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    Nitei Gavriel simply feels it is inappropriate. Here is his reference to Hilchos Bein Hametzarim, where he states this clearly and brings the source for the Rokeach hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=46439&st=&pgnum=76 Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:53

In the Shulchan Aruch it does not say that music is prohibited on the 10th of Tevet, however the Mishnah Berurah (550:6) writes that a person who can (and is a ba’al nefesh) should preferably accept the stringencies of Tisha Be’Av even for the other fasts. (source)

That one should not listen to live music on Tisha B'Av is codified by many later authorities and it is assumed to be absent from the SA because there’s a general prohibition of Listening to Music (ibid)

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    Are you implying that there is a formal restriction on music on 9 Av? Source?
    – Joel K
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:25
  • This would be a more meaningful answer if you quoted the tremendous chiddush of the article that this means the 9 days, as well as providing a source that there is a formal restriction of listening to music then. Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:47
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    Excellent edit, +1! That itself should be the answer for all fast days. Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:48

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