Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 126:3
Remembering the Destruction of Jerusalem

3. [As a reminder of the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple), the Sages ] also ordained that one should not listen to any live musical instruments, and even vocals (1). At festive meals, all that should be sung are the traditional "zemiros" ("songs of praise [for G-d]") that were specifically instituted for the occassion, for example, those sung at the Shabbos table (2). Other songs may not be sung (3).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) According to the Ramah (560:3), this prohibition applies only to people like past kings and princes, who had live music played constantly for them in the palace. According to this opinion, the prohibition also applies to any situation in which people are celebrating with wine ("Beit Ha'Mishteh") while listening to the music or singing, even people who do not regularly have live music played for them; in other words, regular people (as opposed to kings, as above) may play and listen to live music, as long as wine is not being drunk at the time (See Mishna Berura 560:13 for an alternative opinion).

(2) In other words, only songs of praise for G-d may be sung or listened to, while drinking wine. These songs are permissible even at meals that are not associated with a mitzvah (Shulchan Aruch 560:3). As we shall see in HY 126:4, all forms of live music and song are permissible when a mitzvah is involved, such as a wedding.

(3) That is, while people are drinking wine (See Mishna Berura 560:13 for an alternative opinion).

Back  Paragraph 2  Table of Contents  Paragraph 4 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON MASEI AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Events of the Past
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

What Are We Missing On Tisha B'Av?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

ArtScroll

Money And The Kids
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Age Of Experience
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Crossover Holiness
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Book of Memories
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Wandering Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

A Question of Faith
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

> Just Passing Through
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

Connectivity
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

The Question/Answer Dynamic
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Stay Cool
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

Recognizing the Honor and Kindness of Others
Rabbi Yona Zohn - 5761

Points to Ponder
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Read the Directions
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information