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Enjoyment from Avodah Zarah


Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

28 Av 5766
Is it mutar to listen to "African drumbing", or "Buddhist chants" when they might have been done l’shem avodah zarah? (We know ’maase rav’; that many rabbanim allowed themselves to non-jewish music ’b’derech akrai’ to be ’maaleh it to kedushah’.)
There is a difference between non-Jewish music and music of Avodah Zarah. Non-Jewish music (i.e. comes form a non-Jewish non-idol-worshiping source) can be “converted” into the faith while Avodah Zara music is out of range, as Avovdah Zarah contains also the prohibition of benefiting from. (Yabia Omer 6 OC 7. see ibid paragraph 3 regarding your "Maase Rav")
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