Rishon LeTzion Rav Yitzchak Yosef Rules Music Permitted In Isolation

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Rishon LeTzion Sefardic Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef issued an innovative halachic ruling regarding listening to music in the Three Weeks when music and other forms of joy and celebration are proscribed.

“This year, when unfortunately the coronavirus has spread to all corners of the world and many are in their homes in isolation leading to stress, depression, and great sorrow, to the point that they cannot stay closed in their room, and listening to songs and calm melodies would help them to stay in the isolated room lest they go out and infect people and bring them to danger, it should be permitted for them to hear these songs. And if they do not find calm even in such songs, it may be made permissible for them to hear even upbeat, rhythmic songs to calm their soul and revive their spirits.”

However, the Rabbi points out some conditions: It should be an audio recording and not a video where one sees the singer, the carrier should listen through headphones or earplugs and not play the music for others who don’t share his mental state, and it’s better to hear vocals and quiet and calm songs, and only in case they don’t help relax him may more upbeat, rhythmic songs be played.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.




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