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Listening to woman singing

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Rabbi Chaim Tabasky

9 Adar 5767
Question
Is a man allowed to listen to music of a popular woman singer that is taped?
Answer
There is a disagreement among Poskim over this question. On the stringent side is Rav Betzalel Stern (Responsa B'tzel haChochma 5;49) who prohibits listening even to the voice of a woman one doesn't know (Rav Stern is strict even in regards to certain telephone conversations). Rav Ovadiah Yosef (Yabiah Omer vol. 1 Orach Chayim 6) prohibits when the woman is known to the man, while Rav Waldenberg (Tzitz Eliezer 5;2) does not recognize electronic sound as being within the prohibition, but cautions against having intention for sensual pleasure when listening.
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