Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Halocho #601 - Is all music forbidden in the 3 weeks?

The period between the fast of 17 Tammuz and the fast of 9 B'Av 3 weeks later is known as Bein Hametzarim, or "The 3 Weeks".

Since the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) started on 17 Tammuz with the breaching of the walls, and ended 3 weeks later when it was set alight, this period of 3 weeks has been set aside as a time of mourning.

If one plays a musical instrument for a living, one may continue to do so for non-Jews until Rosh Chodesh Av.

Some have the custom of refraining from meat and wine during the entire 3 weeks, except on Shabbat and Mitzva-meals (like at a Brit Mila).

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:1

- Danny
Wednesday, 18 Tamuz 5770

Please daven for a complete recovery for
Chagai Yitzchak ben Pnina - חגי יצחק בן פנינה


  1. If one is depressed and needs to keep their thoughts on kedusha to avoid sinning, is it permissible to listen to recorded music?

  2. That decision would require a Rabbi.

    - Danny, not a Rabbi

  3. Ask about the psakim of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt'l; I believe the Rabbi made finer distinctions between the types and styles of the music and what could be heard.