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Listening to Music on Shabbos

Would there be a problem with leaving my MP3 player on speaker for Shabbos so I can enjoy listening to some sweet Jewish tunes throughout the day?
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Musical Performances and Shows on Shabbat

There is a musical performance with free admission on Shabbat with, presumably, no Jewish performers. Can one enjoy it without violating Shabbat prohibitions? Or will this be benefiting from someone ...
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Looking for a Halachic/Hashkafic Sefer about Shirah

Music seems to play a predominant role in Jewish life, looking at the common practice of Shabbos zemiros or the wide variety of tunes during davening as some examples. Some of this bleeds over into ...
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Where is the Israeli Niggun sung after a Mazel Tov from?

In Israel it is customary to sing a wordless niggun after a mazel tov is read out in shul. (The only rendition I could find is here, excuse the cats). Where is this niggun from? Who wrote it?
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Can one close a piano on shabbos?

A piano is muksze as any other musical instrument. The fallboard is a part of the piano attached with hinges designed to cover the keys. If the fallboard was left open when shabbos came in it is ...
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Arnold Schoenberg's Survivor from Warsaw [closed]

This is kind of a music question, and kind of a Judaism question. Several years ago, when I was assistant director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, I sang with a men's chorus on the Arnold Schoenberg ...
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Melody for Studying Mishneh Torah

When in Israel I went to a Temani synagogue named Beit Kenesseth haRambam and after services they study a bit of the Mishneh Torah but they chanted it in a particular melody. Anyone know what melody ...
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Daagah - Minayin?

What is the original source for the words of the popular song: העבר אין, העתיד עדיין, ההווה כהרף עין, דאגה מנין? I have seen it in Peleh Yoetz (under Deagah), who says it in the name of a "Chacham" (...
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Origins of Musical Slichos

I recently saw a sign in my community advertising in a (Orthodox) Shul for a musical accompanied Slichos (with instruments) on Leil Slichos. When did such a practice originate? Was such a practice ...
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Are you permitted to listen to Christian music which forms songs directly from the text of the Psalms? [duplicate]

There is a band called Sons of Korah who make music with lyrics taken directly from the English text of Psalms, without any additional lines. (They obviously took their band name from the Biblical ...
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Listening to Sad-Sounding Music During the Three Weeks

The widespread (I would say universal) custom is to not listen to music the entire duration of the Three Weeks, up until the day after Tisha B'Av at halachic noontime. This includes all music, ...
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Can one listen to “Noisecore” during the three weeks? [duplicate]

There is a genere of music ("") which has no rhythm, harmony or groove called "Noisecore". Unlike the nature of this question there are actual instruments involved Can one listen to such music ...
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Listening to Nusach During the Three Weeks

We're not allowed to listen to music during the Three Weeks, Nine Days, or Tisha B'Av, but are you permitted to listen to nusach like chazzanus or niggunim?
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Can a wedding lasting into the 3 weeks have music playing?

Here are things that are forbidden during the 3 weeks. If an Ashkenazi got married the evening of the 3 weeks before Shkiyah (which is similar to another question on this site), can the music continue ...
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Jewish tune to replace “Holy Night” in Harry Chapin's “Mr. Tanner”? [closed]

From Wikipedia: "Mr. Tanner" is a song by Harry Chapin from his 1974 album, Short Stories. Big John Wallace plays Mr. Tanner by singing the chorus to "O Holy Night" in the background to the song's ...
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Is it against halacha for a woman to play a musical instrument in front of a man?

I'm a BT and have gotten my bachelor's and master's in percussion performance. I started becoming observant during my master's and now I'm wondering how the future will be playing music and being a ...
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Did Dovid hamelech write music?

Do we have any music notes or tunes attributed to him? On the same note, do we have any music or songs attributed to biblical times? If not, why is that? EDIT: do we know any tunes or songs even ...
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Listening to music during year of aveilut

Is one allowed to listen to music during aveilut after the shloshim for therapeutic porpuses? Is there any difference between the way ashkenazim and sephardim hold?
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On whom is the burden in a case of opposing minhagim?

My brother an I have studied the laws of the Omer from rabbis and sites like http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/05/music-during-sefira/ and we have an accepted practice of not listening even to recorded ...
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Until when you can listen to music on lag baomer?

Until when can you listen to music on lag baomer?
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listening to a cappela during sefira?

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 ...
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ashkenazi style melodies to mizrachi birkat hamazon?

My wife has an Ashkenazi background and loved singing Birkat Hamazon at the shabbat table with a traditional western melody (similar to http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/692733/jewish/...
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Is one allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

It has been scientifically proven that listening to music helps increase people's dopamine (happiness neurotransmitters) levels by as much as 9%, and as such there is such a thing as music therapy. ...
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

AKAPella is an a cappella group that performs parodies on other artists' songs, often non-Jewish ones as of late, in a cappella for people to enjoy during sefira and the three weeks. In their albums,...
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are you allowed get music lessons during sefirah?

are you allowed to start getting music lessons which he has not had beforehand during sefirah?
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

I keep the whole Sefira, and I've been having a most difficult time this year (already!) because for the first time, I am trying only to listen to Jewish music. The first goal of this question is to ...
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Music on Shabbos

The Gemara in Eiruvin 104a quotes a dispute regarding whether one may make music on Shabbos: Rav Menashe is stringent and forbids any production of sound, while Rava is relatively lenient and only ...
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What's the story behind “The Malachim's Niggun ” of the Karliner chassidim?

What's the story behind the Karliner niggun for Chapter 130 in Tehilim that they refer to as "The Malachim's Niggun"? Is it true that Rav Aharon Karliner claims to have heard the malachim singing this ...
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Music of Yemenite Jews: Baladi vs Shammi

I know there are differences of prayer and practice between Baladi and Shammi for Yemenites. But is the music the same? Are the melodies of the te'amim the same?
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Does Moshiach bear our sins, in any sense?

I know 'bear' is vague, but I have always been upset by the popular Jewish singer, Mordechai ben David's song, 'Yerusholayim Our Home'. It contains the line, 'Suffering for years, from all our sins ...
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Can Jews listen to and perform J.S. Bach's music, since most of his compositions derive from Christian sources?

"Almost All" (90 - 95%) of J. S. Bach's compositions are, musically, based on various "Protestant Hymns". This is a musical and compositional fact, when one understands how to analyse his compositions ...
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According to the Rema/Tosfot, is it permissible to see a secular concert in a venue that serves alcoholic beverages?

Halachipedia: Tosfot (Gittin 7a s.v. Zimra) understand that the prohibition includes only music at feasts of wine, as in the Mishna Sotah 48a. Would a concert that serves alcoholic beverages (...
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Which Maqam is Haftarah Chanted In?

In the Sephardic/Edot Ha Mizrach tradition, the te'amim of the Torah are chanted in maqam sigah/sikah. Which maqam is the Haftarah chanted in? Note: A maqam (مقام), which in Arabic literally ...
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What's the origin of the Conservative recititive?

I've noticed that people who learned to daven in the Conservative movement have a particular recititive which they use for weekday nusach and another for Shabbat nusach (this is among those who ...
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Identify this song?

Is anyone able to let me know what the first song in this medley is (sung by Yaakov Shwekey & Yitzy Waldner)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMI1lr10HGs I'm looking to find it so I can track ...
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Sephardic Music Books

The Judaica stores by my house have lots of Ashkenazi music books written in sheet music, but nothing for Sephardic music. Does anyone know of any websites or titles of music books for Mizrahi style ...
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Song sung in Hebrew, English, and Russian with words “life is a narrow bridge.”

Disclaimer: This question is not about religion, per se; however, it does have to do with jewish culture. My rabbi had us sing some song during a few shabbats. However, I don't remember most of the ...
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Source for tune sung when prayer leader pauses

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur, sometimes the prayer leader needs to cough or swallow or clear his throat or catch his breath or the like. The congregation then sings a little tune, I guess to avoid an ...
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How much volume and singing should the chazzan use during holiday Birkat Kohanim?

In the various Ashkenazic services outside Israel that I have attended, where Birkat Kohanim is only performed on holidays, and with holiday-level pomp and circumstance, I have seen various types of ...
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What did David did sing or play for Saul?

What song or melody did David play for Saul? The song seems to controle the demon,but what did he sing or play? Does the Torah or the sages tell us?
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Is it ok to listen to music written by someone who's anti-semitic? [duplicate]

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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Origin for the song Bederech Hamelech

Yaakov Shwekey composed a song called Bederech Hamelech. Here are the lyrics: ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין לנו מלך גואל ומושיע ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין לנו מלך גואל ומושיע ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין ...
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Need help finding a song

years ago I visited Majdanek, one of the most intact concentration camps. The tour ends in a huge heap of ashes. There I was, standing in front of those ashes, thinking about the meaning of life, ...
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?חד גדיא ,הגדה--מי יודע

My question is about the history of the Passover song Chad Gadya. I have long suspected this song was originally conceived as a pastiche of Echad Mi Yodeya--the thematic, musical, and phonetic ...
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Torah Songs in the Bathroom

Considering that it's assur to think about Torah in the bathroom, is it permissible to think about a song whose lyrics are Torah? If not, what about an earworm that you just can't get rid of?
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Why do Akdamut, Reshuyot on Simchat Torah and Yom Tov kiddush use the same tune?

The tune used for Yom Tov Kiddush throughout the year by most Ashkenazim is almost exactly like the tune used for Akdamut - the Aramaic poem recited in many Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard ...
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Looking for Jewish music that lifts the spirit

I really love the soft sweet tones, chords and voices in the music of Shlomo Katz, Ishay Ribo, Yonathan Razel; but, searching for similar music, I just don't know where to go. Are there alternatives ...
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live music and eating a meal?

I heard a long time ago that some people do not listen to live music and eat a meal at the same time, only at weddings? Is this a minhag or halacha?
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Basis for not doing a full sof-aliya trop on Hashem's name

The Ashkenazi leining for the end of an aliya generally has a drop of 4 tones. In my preferred key, that's from D to A (hit y then e on this virtual piano). However, some baalei kriah in my shul do ...
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Singing the Mishna: sources

I remember seeing once in (I think) Tiferet Yisrael that every mishna had its own distinctive melody. Does anybody know where he said that, or (if it wasn't Tiferet Yisrael) which mishnaic commentator ...