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Questions tagged [performance-entertainment]

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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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What is the Jewish perspective on play time? [duplicate]

The Jewish books of ethics are replete with the notion that any available moment that a Jew has he should be engaged in the study of Torah - and every moment available that is not utilized for the ...
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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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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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Can one go to the movies on Shabbat if they order and print the tickets ahead of time?

Can one go to the movies on Shabbat if they order and print the tickets ahead of time? Regardless of whether one should be studying Torah and praying for sake of piety, would one be defying any ...
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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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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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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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Flying during the 9 days and watching movies

Is watching a (decent) movie during long international flight during the 9 days permitted? In general since many types of pleasurable activities are limited during the 9 days I would think that ...
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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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Going to a stadium, to watch a game, during Sefirah

R' Moshe Feinstein forbids going to stadiums to watch sporting events all year round. But some rabbis rule differently than R' Feinstein. See, for example, this link, as well as the ruling of R' ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the “orchei hamilchama” would look like according to chazal

Does anyone know of a reliable source for the story about how the Maskilim made a play to mock what a milchama would look like according to the torah/chazal, in which they depicted only the Chofetz ...
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Can a Jew act in a play / movie where he / she has the role of an idol worshiper?

Can a Jew act in a play / movie where he / she has the role of an idol worshiper? He would perform the acts of idol worship without believing in the idols at all.
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Is Smuggling Candy and Snacks Into a Movie Theater Forbidden?

Ever since I was a kid, we have routinely brought our own pre-packaged snacks into movies in order to avoid the exorbitant prices of those sold in the theaters. Is it permitted to bring such snacks ...
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Is it permissable to be in a musical group that does not exclusively play simchas?

Is it permissible to play in a musical group that does not only play at 'simchas' (weddings, etc.)? I once heard someone say that playing any music in public that is not for a specific mitzvah is ...
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Is there a historical, cultural, traditional, or scriptural explanation for the prevalence of Jews in the comedy business? [duplicate]

If you took the general demographic data for the U.S. and compared it to the demographics of professional comics and comedians in the U.S., I think you'd find that Jews are disproportionately ...
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Movie picturing the destruction of the holy temple?

Lately, I have been telling my 3-year-old son about the building, destruction, rebuilding cycle of the Beis Hamikdash (holy temple in Jerusalem). He is wondering how it would have looked. Are there ...
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gedolim on “The Jazz Singer”

The film The Jazz Singer is about a Jewish boy who goes off the derech and portrays him positively. What was the contemporary (1927) rabbinic response to the film and did cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

I used to be a secular Jew. As with any secular person, I watched tv, went to the movies, hung out with friends, went to bars, etc. After becoming observant, most of these activities had to go. While ...
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Performing Magic Tricks for Children

I've often seen people do magic tricks for their nieces, nephews or for children in general. To an adult observer, the trick is obvious - but to young children, it seems like real magic. Considering ...
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What's the earliest reference to a Purim shpiel?

There's a fairly common custom to put on a play on Purim. Wikipedia has a short article about it here, which mentions that some are based on the story of the megillah, while others traditionally ...
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May a Jewish actor remove his kippah in order to play a non-Jewish character?

Pretty self explanatory really. Yarmulka or kippah is a minhag that we have to cover our heads. May Jewish actors remove their head covering for the purposes of their jobs?
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Listening to a Jewish broadcaster in the US after Shabbat ends in Israel [duplicate]

Many baseball games (for example) take place Saturday afternoon in the US. This generally corresponds to beginning (or mostly taking place) after Shabbat ends in Israel. If the broadcaster of one of ...
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Watching TV on weekdays (not on shabbat)

Is it generally allowed to watch TV at my home (I am male and living alone)? I wrote "generally," meaning watching on a regular weekday (i.e. not Shabbat or Holiday) and just watching normal programs, ...
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Mezuza in a room with a television

Of course watching things other than kosher things on a television is Asur, that's not my question. My question is that if one has a television in a room and watches it for things that all agree are ...
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NFL and Rosh Hashanah. Ravens and Orioles scheduling debacle

As of now the National Football League is trying to bully the Baltimore Orioles (a baseball team) into moving their long scheduled Sept. 5th game so the NFL Baltimore Ravens can play their opening day ...
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Can you attend a sporting event on a minor fast day?

This year the tenth of Teves falls on a Sunday, which happens to also be an NFL game day. Is it permissible or discouraged to attend such a sporting event during the fast?
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Is it Asur to watch violent sports?

Is it Asur to watch violent sports like boxing or UFC, or some of the horrific videos of war footage that can be found online (which were pointed out to me, and to which I won't link here) for ...
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Is Listening to Christian music a sin or just not something a jew would normally do?

Is listening to a Christian song such as Al Shadi (which is partly in Hebrew) a sin, or is it just not something a Jew would listen to but not strictly sinful?
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If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?

If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?
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What are the limits of “music”?

During the Three Weeks, Sefira, and perhaps even year-round, listening to music is forbidden. What constitutes music varies in its definition, but for the past century or so artists have been ...
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Is it permitted to be upset after your favourite soccer team lost an important match?

I have a friend who is extremely into international sports games. When the team that he supports loses an important game, he gets really upset. When his team recently got kicked out of the competition,...
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Is one allowed to go to a stand up comedy show?

Inspired by Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks? Is a stand up comedy club an appropriate venue for a Orthodox Jew, even not during the three weeks?
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Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks?

I know that one is not allowed to listen to live music during the 3 weeks. My question is if Standup comedy is not allowed as well?
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American Idol and HaMalbin Pnei Ḥavero BeRabim

(Inspired by this question) Is watching televised talent shows, such as "American Idol", which are known to invite contestants to embarrass themselves in front of millions, and even have judges whose ...
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Learn more about the Ramchal's plays

Apparently the Ramchal wrote several plays. What are they about? Where can I find full text (I found Migdal Oz here - preferably translated? Have Gedolei Yisroel discussed how to approach these ...
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Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided

May I attend a Super Bowl party run by their office or school? Assume there will be all types of alcohols available, and Kosher food. Also, if I'm allowed, what are the ground laws while attending ...
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Is it o.k. to watch “American Idol” during the Omer and the Three Weeks?

Many Poskim who permit listening of music year-round prohibit it during the Omer and the Three Weeks. Is it ok to watch American Idol during these periods of time, according to the opinions who permit ...
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A letter prohibiting television?

I don't have the book myself, but I believe it is called To Touch Kindle a Soul, on chinuch. It contains, in the endnotes a reference to a letter written by Rav Moshe Feinstein zt'l, Rav Shach zt'l, ...