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As many of our users are likely aware, there is a custom to refrain from listening to music during the Omer period. However, the operative word here is "custom." As such, I have been wondering whether any communities have permitted listening to music during the period of Sefirat haOmer?

  • olamot.net/shiur/… – Gershon Gold Apr 29 '15 at 16:51
  • Wow. I can't think of even one! That's how strong this minhag has become - and music prohibition isn't even mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch, IIRC! Nonetheless, I have seen a decline in stringencies in keeping this minhag, during the past 20 years. Used to be no music during all days of Sefirah except Lag B'Omer & starting 3 days before Shavu'ot. People practicing 1st 33 days respected those doing last 33 days. Now, it's the opposite - each side has to "tolerate" and "accommodate" the other minhag! I liked it the way it was. – DanF Apr 30 '15 at 14:52
  • @DanF, don't forget those who are makpid to treat Yemei HaAtzmaut v'Yerushalayim as chagim (effectively like chol hamoed IMO). Many will have concerts, parties, and the like, although most of this seems derived from secular culture, from where I'm standing. – Noach MiFrankfurt Apr 30 '15 at 14:55
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt - I didn't foget. I intentionally, did not mention this for the reason that you cited. I am "oppositely makpid" on NOT listening to music on Yom Ha'atzma'ut. (Some have called me "anti-Israel", which is a false and ludicrous claim, BTW.) Yom Yerushalayim is after the 1st 33 days according to my minhag. – DanF Apr 30 '15 at 15:36
  • There are a few heteirim out there but whole communities unlikely – El Shteiger May 4 '15 at 1:13

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