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Is it against halacha for a woman to play a musical instrument in front of a man?

The Aruch Hashulchan (75:8) discusses the prohibition of a man hearing a woman singing, which is based on the statement of Shmuel in the Talmud (Berachot 24a)1: קול באשה ערוה שנא' (שיר השירים ב, יד) ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

For me, spirituality and having fun are one and the same. The commandments (mitzvos) are ladders upwards and transcendence is super; its the same when I watch movies, play tennis, cook, write etc., ...
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Performing Magic Tricks for Children

In terms of magic to begin with Rav Moshe Feinstein (Iggros Moshe YD 4:13.) Seems to allow it. But later versions of Iggros Moshe seem to indicate he was hesitant to issue a Heter. However, the ...
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A letter prohibiting television?

The original Heberw text can be found in קריינא דאיגרתא volume 1. Here is my translation. 1 Nisan 5735 See the Rambam z"l in Hilchos Avodah Zarah, Chpt 2, Halacha 2 who explains the prohibition to ...
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gedolim on "The Jazz Singer"

This doesn't really answer your question definitively at all, but I thought it might interest you. I was reading through some of the autobiographical essays of R. Isaac David Essrig (1893-1976), who ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

Personally, I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of music, both before and after becoming a ba'al teshuvah. Playing piano, going to practices of a Jewish choir, trying to learn guitar, et cetera. ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

R. David Stav wrote an entire book on this subject, called בין הזמנים - תרבות בילוי ופנאי בהלכה ובמחשבה (Between Times: Culture, Leisure, and Recreation in Halacha and Thought) in 2012. The book ...
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Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks?

1) No R' Shlomo Aviner takes a strict approach and writes unequivocally that the answer is no (#17 from the top). סטנדאפ בבין המצרים ש: מותר ללכת למופע סטנדאפ? Standup during the 3 weeks: ...
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Is it Asur to watch violent sports?

From a responsum of R. Yitzchok Abadi (Ohr Yitzchok vol. 1 YD §26) it would seem to be prohibited on the basis of an opinion in the Talmud with regards to images forbidden to gaze upon (Meg. 28a). ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

Try to find outlets which in some way lead to spiritual growth. For example, the shaar bechina recommends studying nature to see the marks of divine wisdom. Rabbi Avigdor Miller used to take a daily ...
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live music and eating a meal?

The source is in Mishna Sota 9, 11: מִשֶּׁבָּטְלָה סַנְהֶדְרִין, בָּטְלָה הַשִּׁיר מִבֵּית הַמִּשְׁתָּאוֹת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה כד) בַּשִּׁיר לֹא יִשְׁתּוּ יָיִן וְגוֹ':‏Bartenura דִּכְתִיב (...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the "orchei hamilchama" would look like according to chazal

This is not really a good answer as this isn't an actual non "story" source (as requested by the question), but I'm putting this down as the text below seems to be shared in a number of places, ...
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Can a Jew act in a play / movie where he / she has the role of an idol worshiper?

If it involves bowing to an idol or like, I'm pretty sure the answer is still no. The subject of doing it "just as an act" appears in the Bible: II Kings 5:17--20: כי לוא-יעשה עוד עבדך עלה ...
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Going to a stadium, to watch a game, during Sefirah

In a Shi'ur I attended many years ago, Rav Binyamin Tabory of Yeshivat Har Etzion once expressed his opinion that the custom is to refrain from activities that are public experiences that enhance joy. ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the "orchei hamilchama" would look like according to chazal

This story is brought in the biography of R' Baruch Ber (pg. 130-131) by Rabbi Yitzchak Edelstein whose father was a student of R' Baruch Ber. He himself knew R' Baruch Ber when he was young and also ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

in the morning blessings, we read a section from Peah, which translates as , "these are things we do without limit..." It's like a manual on how to go about life. It enumerates actions that one can ...
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Is it permissable to be in a musical group that does not exclusively play simchas?

In Siman 122 the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch allows a Jewish Musician to continue playing music for non-Jews until Rosh Chodesh Av. יִשְֹרָאֵל שֶׁפַּרְנָסָה שֶׁלוֹ בִּכְלֵי זֶמֶר, מֻתָּר לְנַגֵּן בְּבֵית ...
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Arnold Schoenberg's Survivor from Warsaw

Mr. Shoenberg most likely specified Ashkenazic pronunciation of the Hebrew because until the Holocaust, Poland/Lithuania/Eastern Europe was the center of the Ashkenazim Jewish population, and he ...
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May a Jew be an impostor on "To Tell the Truth"?

The Sources say that you may lie to -save a life [Yoma 84b], -keep the peace [Yevamot 65b; also Bava Metzia 87a], -make people feel good [Ketubot 16b-17a], -appear humble and modest [Bava ...
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What's the earliest reference to a Purim shpiel?

This article from Yivo seems pretty thorough. Excerpts: Various sources, particularly the Talmud (BT Meg. 7a–b, 9a; Sanh. 64b), mention entertainment at such celebrations associated with the ...
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May a Jewish actor remove his kippah in order to play a non-Jewish character?

Halachipedia states: If one can’t take a job unless he doesn’t wear a Kippah at work, one doesn’t have to forfeit his job for this mitzvah. If they allow one to wear a regular hat one must wear such ...
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How do observant Jews entertain themselves?

Reading Kosher books/newspapers, watching (obviously Kosher) movie/TV shows, listening to music, going for strolls, social networking, cooking, shopping, playing musical instruments, "schmoozing" with ...
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

I also recommend the album 'Kol Zimra Sings the Songs of Abie Rotenberg' (I think Kol Zimra was the later version of the Beatachon group). I found myself listening to it the rest of the year as well!
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

JewishMusic.FM has a whole list of [Jewish] acappella music. My personal recommendations from there include the Maccabeats and Lev Tahor. I'm familiar with AKA Pella, Six13, Beatachon, and the Chevra'...
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

The Maccabeats. Six13. The Ystuds are all jewish accapella groups.
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Looking for Jewish music that lifts the spirit

Here are a few options Aaron Razel (Yonatan's brother) Ari Goldwag Ben Snof Eitan Katz Guy Tzvi Mintz Uri Davidi Yitzhak Meir Yosef Karduner If I had to pick 3 I would pick (in order) Yitzhak Meir, ...
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Is Smuggling Candy and Snacks Into a Movie Theater Forbidden?

It may be a chilul Hashem if someone who works there sees you trying to save money at their loss, especially if there is a no food from outside policy. He may think, “I knew it! Jews are cheap” even ...
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Is Smuggling Candy and Snacks Into a Movie Theater Forbidden?

There is a simple and easy alternative by which to avoid any questionable behavior. Namely, don't eat snacks during the movie, and enjoy them before or afterward. It's certainly better under halacha ...
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Is it permissable to be in a musical group that does not exclusively play simchas?

I heard on a daf yomi shiur That , The reason that music is forbidden is that it is not good to rejoice after the Bais hamikdosh was destroyed, the reasons it is permitted is it is used for good ...
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