I attended a Bar Mitzvah last night, and there was so-called "sefira music" playing, and there was also dancing. As far as I recall learning, there are some justifications for listening to such music, but I don't know of any heter to dance during Sefira. There were some local Rabbis in attendance, and no-one said anything, leading me to believe there is a heter for it.

My question is, what is the heter to dance at a Bar Mitzvah celebration during Sefira?

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    Maybe they are makil since it's only a minhag that's not mentioned in the Talmud? (half-serious...)
    – Yehoshua
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 15:26
  • I THINK I saw something mentioned in SA that allows Bar Mitzvah dancing. I could be wrong ... I'll hunt a bit, B"N.
    – DanF
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 15:30

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Seder Pesach K'hilchoso - Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Grossman says that if it is Bo Bayom of the Bar Mitzva boy or if there is a Siyum at the beginning of the celebration dancing is permitted.

I have heard that there are many other contemporary Halachic authorities that agree with this ruling. Most likely even if there are those that prohibit it, they would not protest it due to the authorities that permit it.

  • What about actual music? If dancing is permitted kol shecain music?
    – Yehoshua
    Commented May 4 at 19:42
  • @Yehoshua I think you are inverting the Kal Vchomer. I think dancing is the Kal. Commented May 5 at 15:34

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