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Avel Attending Chanukah Party

I am in the Year avelus for my Father a”h. Can I attend a Chanuka party with food and aunts uncles cousins (some distant), but with no music?

Answer:

There is room to be lenient in this matter.

It is preferable, if possible, that the party should be at home.

Sources:

Iggros Moshe (Yoreh De’ah 3:181) writes that an avel should not attend a Chanukah party. However, other authorites permit attending a family gathering (without music), such as Rav Shlomo Zalman zt”l (Halichos Shlomo Vol. 2, Chap. 17, no. 3), and see also Beis Lechem Yehudah and Gilion Maharsha (Yoreh De’ah 391:2).

Note that a Chanukah party is not necessarily a se’udas mitzvah, and it is preferable that Divrei Torah should be spoken, which render it a se’udas mitzvah (see Orach Chaim 670:2).



		

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