Does a male violate any halacha in the Torah by watching a ball game at a sports stadium?

Are there any Gedolim that oppose going?

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    Q - Is the focus of this question only on the aspect of watching a team play a sports game where, say, a man watches male baseball players? Or are you including in "sports" a man going to the Olympics to watch the women in the swimming competition, where they may be an issue of tzniut, etc.?
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Rav Moshe Feinstein in his Igros Moshe Chelek 8:4 YD :11 writes that going to theaters and stadiums do not fall into the prohibition of bechukoseihem lo tolechu. However, he writes that one is prohibited from attending due to moshev letzim, bitul Torah (eventually l'gamri), nivul peh (promiscuity). Rav Moshe is clear that it is a forbidden to attend such places.


  • see related sources at machzikeihadas.blogspot.com/2009/02/moshav-leitzim.html
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    Commented May 13, 2016 at 2:14
  • Why is there a problem of nibul (the way it should be pronounced) peh in watching a sporting event or movie? There is an issur in hearing it?
    – Yehoshua
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:34
  • as it is forbidden to talk Nivul Peh so too it is forbidden to hear it from someone else. (See Sha’arei Teshuva Sha’ar 3 Siman 229. See also Talmud Kesubos 5b that Hashem created the earlobe soft and flexible so that it can be inserted in the ear to block out any forbidden speech one may hear, including Nivul Peh.) Just as by Devarim SheBikedusah there is a concept of Shomea K’Oneh, where one who hears a holy utterance is as if he himself said it, so too with Nivul Peh, one who hears it & able to avoid] is considered as if he himself is speaking it. (Shla Hakadosh, Sha’ar HaOsiyos, Kedusha)
    – user19283
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 11:37

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