This week’s article focuses on one aspect of the sefirah mourning: listening to music. Although it is well known
that one mustn’t listen to music in the sefirah period, it is striking to note that this prohibition is not found in any early authority, from the time of the Talmud until the Mishnah Berurah! What, then, is the nature of the customary prohibition? When can one be lenient, and when must one be stringent? To answer these questions, we must first understand the halachic approach to music throughout the year, which is the subject of this week’s first of a twopart series. In this week’s Q & A we deal with the delicate question of body hair removal for men.

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