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Wagner was anti-semitic but made some great music; is it wrong to listen to it? Could one still say the music is great?

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  • I'm not exactly sure who Wagner is, exactly, but there might be an issue to praise a non-Jew. There's also issues with listening to non-Jewish music. As for anti-Semitic... Isn't that usually an issue of intent? I'm assuming you're an upstanding Jew, or else you wouldn't be asking this question, so I'm also assuming you're not a self-hating Jew... – DonielF Aug 21 '16 at 2:02
  • @DonielF I support the jews and Israel.And are aginst all anti semitic doctrine,music is very spiritual .So what then if the artist behind the music is anti-semitic? – Aigle Aug 21 '16 at 9:38
  • I was hoping you'd say that. Like I said in my comment, I'm not exactly sure how Wagner's anti-semitism filters into his music, but I can tell you that the fact that he's not Jewish could pose some issues. – DonielF Aug 21 '16 at 17:29
  • @DonielF Viewing the linked M.Y. question about listening to non-Jewish music, it seems that there are a number of conditions that R. Feinstein lists that would prohibit the music. However, I don;t think any of these apply to listening to solely instrumental classical music. Case in point - numerous Jewish songs including some that are part of Nusach Ashkenaz prayer services originated from non-Jewish sources. One of Chabad's tunes uses "Le Marsailles" - a French "secular" tune. – DanF Aug 22 '16 at 1:52
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    Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen may be problematic due to its exploration and use of characters depicting Germanic mythology and paganism. – JJLL Aug 22 '16 at 2:28