Jul 20, 2020

Interesting Psak: music during the Nine Days

By now there is not all that much new in this psak, especially after the piskei halacha we have seen during the times of Sefiras HaOmer and those in the days leading up to 17 Tammuz, but each period is slightly different and it must be said explicitly again for each period, with its own nuances.

Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef has paskened that people who are stuck in quarantine during the Nine Days are allowed to listen to music, and if they feel it necessary they can even listen to upbeat music with a quick pace.

According to Srugim, Rav Chaim Kanievsky paskened similarly though it says Rav Kanievsky added that one should preferably only listen to songs of texts from davening or other slow paced emotional songs.

According to Kipa, Rav Yosef's allowance is actually in stages:
1. at the first level, only audio clips are allowed - not videos.
2. listen with earphones so other people who are not in quarantine can't hear.
3. preferably a capella, vocal, songs, then if necessary calm music, and if still necessary for the person, he can listen to even fast paced music
4. the purpose for listening is to keep calm and not for other purposes
5. children can listen to childrens music with no problem
6. yeshiva students in yeshiva i the capsule system who need music in order to help them emotionally can listen

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