Question:

A friend is getting married on rosh chodesh and I am hosting a sheva brachos in the week, am I allowed to put on music or even to play live music?

Answer:

It is controversial if it is permitted or not. If however it is the norm in your area to have music during sheva brachos, then it would be permitted.

Best Wishes

 

Sources:

Igros Moshe O:CH 1 159, 2 95 D:H U’bdvar, Avnei Yoshpe 1-111 are leneint, Shevet Halevi 3-157 is stringent on this, R’ S. Kaminetsky (Kovetz Halachos 9-7 questions if it permitted, but sounds like he is leaning to be stringent, also see Daas Torah 493-3 D:H V’roisi. However see Ashrei Ha’ish O:CH 3 chap. 65-21 in the name of R’ Eliyashiv that it is permitted for those who usually have music at sheva brachos.

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