A friend of mine told me that there is a problem with listening to a cappela during sefira. A few people mentioned a few places where it talks about it but I don't remember the places. What is the source for this?

  • By the second link if you go to where you source your answer from it says there at the end rav miller says a cappela is asur (the link there isn't working for me so I'm not sure exactly what he says) so is it a machlokes so to speak "who do you follow"
    – mmc99
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 7:12
  • @mmc99 Yes, it appears to be a machlokes. Your question seemed to ask for the source of the reason why it might be assur, so those links hopefully provided you with that information.
    – NJM
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 12:30
  • Can you define a cappella? Do you mean listening to people singing, like at a Shabbat table?
    – Double AA
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 13:06
  • I was told there is a difference between shabbos and the rest of the week but yes along the lines of that.
    – mmc99
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 18:59

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The Leket Yosher (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 493:35) writes that his teacher (the Terumas Hadeshen, about whose minhagim the entire sefer is about) did not sing zemiros on motzaei shabbos during the days of sefira, except when Lag Baomer came out on sunday.

  • implying that the rest of the week for sure not if even motzaei shabbos not?
    – mmc99
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 21:21
  • @mmc99 Obviously. Motzaei shabbos is just the same as any day in the week. The implication from this is that on shabbos itself it's permitted.
    – user9643
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 22:50

Matzav has a Psak from Rabbi Yisroel Belsky differentiating if it is a choir or a Capella. A choir (without music) is permitted and a Capella which sounds like music would be prohibited.

  • it also says there that rav miller doesn't allow it I'm looking for a answer with sources
    – mmc99
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 21:19

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