Is one allowed to watch movies (i.e. on his tv), today?

Since they portray:

• Women not dressed modestly.

• Affections between men and women

If one does watch a movie, is he transgressing any Torah prohibitions?

  • 1
    Here's a movie by a rabbi vimeo.com/155998963 Seemingly he thinks it's ok to watch his own movie. Here's another by a different rabbi vimeo.com/155584669
    – Double AA
    May 16, 2016 at 17:36
  • @DoubleAA, did they know they were being filmed? If not, it's no proof. (Note: I haven't watched the movies to find out, since movies portray women not dressed modestly and affections between men and women.)
    – msh210
    May 16, 2016 at 18:54
  • @msh210 As is their way, DoubleAA was being sarcastic
    – Yehoshua
    May 16, 2016 at 18:57
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    Duplicate? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/45168/6886
    – user613
    May 16, 2016 at 22:05
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    @ray Your ISP should whitelist pages with the names of gedolei hador on them or, more specifically, whitelist Mi Yodeya and other Judaism sites.
    – Isaac Moses
    May 17, 2016 at 18:27

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Igrot Moshe Even Ha-Ezer Vol.1 56, by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (translation from here):

Since the prohibition is meant to prevent erotic thought, one is entitled to rely upon his own ability to divert his mind from such thought when he has to go somewhere for such things as his livelihood. He is not obligated to make a financial sacrifice or to neglect his other needs. Only when he has no need to pass, as when there is another route, or when he is only going on an outing, even if there is no other route, is he forbidden to rely upon his ability to divert his mind. This is the prohibition of "Guard yourself from every evil thing." One should not without cause rely upon one's own ability to evoid erotic thought...

this probably applies in surfing the internet also for certain sites


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