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Music for Yom Hashoah

Is it permissable to listen to live music during the Omer for the sake of Yom Hashoah commemoration?
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Is food that tastes like chometz on Pesach "not in the spirit of the law"?

Various companies have gotten very good at making Pesach cakes and other items that taste almost identical to the chometz version. Do any poskim come out against eating foods like that from the ...
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What does the superscription עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן in Tehilim 9 mean?

Tehilim 9 begins like so: לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃ It contains the unfamiliar words עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן in the opening. What does this phrase mean?
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Is there anywhere I can learn the Yerushalmi cantillation online?

Basically the title, I can’t find anything, maybe y'all know.
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Looking for nineties album of Zemirot changed to female gender [closed]

UPDATE: I was able to finally find it last night: Marcia Falk: Blessings In Song | Fran Avni As Mike, who referenced Marcia Falk’s book,suggested. Thanks! https://franavni.bandcamp.com/album/marcia-...
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Tehillim - why don't they rhyme?

Tehillim are poems/songs. Yet, they do not follow the standard patterns for poetry and music that we are used to i.e. they rarely rhyme, they rarely have a consistent rhythm, etc. I don't expect "...
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Shvus and oneg Shabbos: instruments and dancing

Introduction: Understanding shvus and oneg Shabbos Playing instruments/ clapping, dancing and banging The mishna (Beitza 36b) says one can’t play an instrument lest he come to fix it. Nor can he clap ...
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May Jews listen to music during the day of a Sefer Torah burning

According to the Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah 340:37 Jews are supposed to tear Kriah after seeing a Sefer Torah being intentionally burned. However, may they listen to music the day when they see it ...
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I'm looking for regional melodies for the brachot for before and after chanting Torah in an Aliyah

I'm looking for regional melodies for the brachot sung before and after chanting Torah in an aliyah. I'd love to know the Ukrainian, the Belarusian, the Yemenite, the Ethiopian, the Iraqi, the ...
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Kol Isha during mixed gender singing

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a man to listen to a woman and man (or multiple men and women) singing at the same time, on the principle the men’s voice would override kol Isha? Or would ...
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I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources?

I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources? I heard that the Hida wrote that there is a link ...
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Groom entrance song - what are some key genres, artists, and songs to help select in the Mizrachi/Sefardi area? [closed]

I'm getting married soon, bezrat HaShem. But I need suggestions for a song to play when I approach the chuppa. I'm British Sefardi (daati), she's Israeli Ethiopian (Beta Yisrael), I'd like something ...
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I'm looking for a very specific Birkat Hamazon tune

As the title says, I'm looking for a Birkat Hamazon tune that I know through my family but have never heard from anyone else. I've heard it on a record from the Brandeis-Bardin Institute from the ...
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Pele Yoetz Question

Does someone know from which chapter of the Pele Yoetz this is taken or paraphrased from? There is a general rule in life, that we believe with perfect faith nothing bad comes from heaven, it is only ...
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Performing for a mixed concert

One finds orthodox performers who sing for mixed-gender audiences (eg recently) However, one also finds achronim who call this assur. I'm curious for a bit more explanation of the sources/reasonings ...
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I’m looking to know some chassidus songs

I am trying to find some well Niggunim of Poilishe Chassidim. Names along with places to listen to them would be greatly appreciated,Thank you.
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listening to music for a siyum during the 9 days

I saw that Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef said that one can listen to music for a siyum during the 3 weeks. I was curious if this also applies to the 9 days and maybe even the week of Tisha Be'Av. I want ...
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Does anyone know the nusach for אפפוני חבלי מות that is sung in the movie Simon Magus?

I haven't seen the whole movie Simon Magus. It depicts 19th-century Poland. I saw a scene where a Pesach Seder is held. They're saying Hallel and I've never heard that melody for Psalm 116. They start ...
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Listening to traditional Jewish song/prayer sung by Christian [duplicate]

Is there a prohibition against listening to a song (יה שמע אביוניך) sung by a Christian (who is Jewish by birth)? The lyrics are the original as written by Rav Yehuda Halevi. Is there a risk of avodah ...
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Why did David’s harp playing relieve King Saul's illness?

David's harp playing brought relief to King Saul from his mental illness. (Source: I Samuel 16.) Why did the harp playing provide relief?
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Source for a Pesach niggun

I heard a niggun for ma nishtana this year (my recording here) that goes "ma-a-a nish-ta-na ha-a-a-a-layla ha-la-ayla-a-a-ha-ze" that apparently might be from somewhere in Poland and was on ...
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Missing Traditional Half-Kaddish Melodies

In his article "How Music Articulates Liturgical Structure, Meaning, and Perception: The Kaddish" published in the recent volume of the Journal of Synagogue Music (vol. 47 no. 1), Dr. Boaz ...
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Was music considered to be a part of forbidden Greek philosophy?

Starting with Pythagoras (c.500BCE) and Plato (c.400BCE) music was considered wisdom and as such, an integral part of Greek philosophy (see "Music of ancient Greece and philosophy WIKI"). On ...
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What is the perception of Dance in Judaism?

What is the perception on dance (of any kind) from the perspective of Judaism? or there are some kind of restrictions?
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Why is Music not allowed at Jewish Funerals?

When my mother died several decades ago, a childhood friend and I performed her favorite Yiddish song, "Dona Dona," at her funeral. Being raised in non-observant families we were surprised ...
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Is there a book that traces the musical development of Jewish liturgy?

Over the last several weeks, at the recommendation of someone on here, I've been studying Jewish Liturgy: A Comprehensive History by Ismar Elbogen. It is a modern (early Twentieth Century) academic ...
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What constitutes an "instrument" for the purposes of Sefira and the Three Weeks?

Questions somewhat similar to this have been asked before, but I admit to still being unsure. Throughout the last three weeks I have been listening to a capella music only, as per the Three Weeks, ...
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Sad music during Omer/3 Weeks

Thought of this question and apparently it was posed a few years ago on here but no answer was given so I’ll ask again- can you listen to sad or depressing music during the Omer or more importantly ...
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Tune for Travels in Parshas Maasei [duplicate]

In parshas Maasei, many have the minhag to do a tune for the travels at the beginning of the Parsha (Perek 33). Is anyone aware of a source or reason for this minhag?
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Is listening to music composed for avodah zara assur in all contexts?

I read that R' Yisrael Moshe Hazan, the former chief Rabbi of Rome allowed for church tunes to be incorporated into nigunim for his community, and as a result many of the niggunim used ...
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Halacha Regarding Entering a Church

It would be very much appreciated if someone can provide some sources that permit a Jew to enter a church premises (not the actual sanctuary). I've signed up for a classical guitar festival that's in ...
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Is it lacking tzniuth to be a street musician as a male?

Is playing music in public as a Street musician in any way a lack in tzniuth. Are there different opinions on the matter?
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Is it Mutar to Listen to Music Recorded in a Church?

I read somewhere that listening to music recorded in a church is asur, because it essentially brings the church into one's home. This is common practice for classical music. Has anyone heard of or not ...
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Sources Allowing Listening to Christian Music?

I read Igros Moshe forbids listening to music with idolatrous intent. What are some sources, if any, that allow listening to, or playing/performing Christian classical music, such as Bach's or Handel'...
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Can't find this song [closed]

I can't seem to find this song that I once heard. It was based on Shir Hashirim 7:1. The lyrics were: שׁ֤וּבִי שׁ֙וּבִי֙ הַשּׁ֣וּלַמִּ֔ית שׁ֥וּבִי שׁ֖וּבִי וְנֶחֱזֶה־בָּ֑ךְ מַֽה־תֶּחֱזוּ֙ בַּשּׁ֣וּלַמִּ֔ית כִּמְחֹלַ֖ת ...
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Sources on the spiritual influence of music?

I'm looking for sources for the ideas that either a singer, composer or style of music can infuse a spiritual influence in a song, which would then influence the listener. The only sources that I am ...
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How do you define Jewish music?

I am a music teacher and many students request that I teach either Jewish music or classsical music. What makes classical music appropriate ? What is considered Jewish music ? Many famous chassidic ...
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May a girl/women receive voice lessons by a male instructor?

Private one-on-one lessons, not group lessons. All Halachos of Yichud and Shomer Negiah are being kept to, so I guess the main question that remains is regarding the live Kol Isha (which is being ...
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Is there any source for Rosh Hashana Evening Kiddush Nusah Melody (Sfard/ Ashkenazi) [duplicate]

Is there any recorded resource for traditional Ashkenazi Rosh Hashana melody for Evening Kiddush Melody (Nusah) (Sfard/ Ashkenazi)?
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Why the rarest musical notes (Teamim) are located at the same verse in the Torah?

What is the reason that stand behind the fact that the rarest musical notes (Teamim) in the Torah are located in the same verse? What is so special in this specific verse to be chosen for those ...
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Music and Judaism

Judaism is really fascinating and the more I learn about it the more I love it ! I came up with a question because I was born Jewish but I grew up Christian and believed that music is sometimes bad . ...
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May one listen to Mozart's The Magic Flute?

The Magic Flute is a famous opera by Mozart. Its lyrics can be found here. It seems to be completely secular to me. It includes lyrics that include characters talking to pagan gods, but Mozart himself ...
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Is it acceptable to translate ‘hallelu’ and 'yah' into the English expression "Praise the Lord"

My understanding is that Hallelujah (or Alleluia) is a compound word from the Hebrew ‘hallelu’, meaning “to praise joyously,” and ‘yah’, a shortened form of the unspoken name of G-d. It is an active ...
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May one play music for a baby during the Omer?

2-year-olds love to listen to recorded nursery rhymes. Are there any sources discussing playing nursery rhymes that include background music during the omer?
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A question on reciting the Veshamru

The Torah says: וְשָׁמְר֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֑ת לַעֲשׂ֧וֹת אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֛ת לְדֹרֹתָ֖ם בְּרִ֥ית עוֹלָֽם׃ בֵּינִ֗י וּבֵין֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל א֥וֹת הִ֖וא לְעֹלָ֑ם כִּי־שֵׁ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֗ים ...
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What is the source of the prohibition to listen to music in the omer?

Where is the earliest source of the prohibition to listen to music in the omer? I have had a look in shulchan oruch orach chaim simon תצ״ג, but it does not say there the prohibition to listen to music....
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Why do kohanim always chant in a terrible monotone? [duplicate]

I am not sure if it is just me, but it seems that there is never a melodious chanting of birchas kohanim, but rather is always a mixture of many toneless voices, as if they are tone-deaf. Is this for ...
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Music at a Wedding

Someone told me that there is a requirement to have music at a wedding. He said that the Mishna Brurah says if one side does not want to pay for the music the other side can force them to pay for it. ...
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Why do we recite Psalm 150 every day?

Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord with the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, loud cymbals and high-sounding cymbals. We haven't used musical instruments in worship since ...
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What religious music would have been sung in Israel after the time of David and Solomon?

I'm almost afraid to ask this question here for fear of being shot down in flames because I'm not Jewish. However, nothing ventured, etc..... I understand that many of the Psalms were put to music ...
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