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What exactly is prohibited during the Omer mourning period?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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During the days of mourning it is forbidden to:

1. Get married.1

2.  Take a haircut or shave. [A practicing rabbi should be consulted if one feels that his livelihood could be affected if he does not shave.]2

3.Wear a significant new garment (aside for Shabbat).3

4. Recite the Shehecheyanu during the weekdays (unless you are Sephardic).4

5. Listen to music.5

[Ed. note: Askmoses offers general Jewish information; our information doesn't preclude the possibility for other customs.]

Footnotes

  • 1. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 120:6
  • 2. ibid 120:6; a woman may take a haircut before going to mikvah
  • 3. According to Chabad custom, the blessing Shehechiyanu may only be blessed on Shabbat and Lag B'Omer, Sefer HaMinhagim Chabad, pg. 42
  • 4. See previous footnote
  • 5. Igrot Moshe Vol. 1, ch. 166

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Live music or recorded

Posted by: Anonymous on Apr 28, 2005

I have been told by a couple of people that the prohibition to listen to music during the counting of the omer pertains only to live music and not necessarily prerecorded music. Please clarify this for me.

Thank you

Editor's Comment

Recent Halachic authorities prohibited, in addition to live music, also radio and recorded music (Igrot Moshe, Orach Chaim 1:166). Some prohibit acappella music as well (Tzitz Eliezer 15:33).
Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Shehecheyanu
A blessing recited on joyous occasions. The blessing thanks G-d for "sustaining us and enabling us to reach this occasion."
Sephardic
(adj.) A Jew whose ancestors stem from Southern Italy, Spain, Portugal, North Africa or the Arabian countries.