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    Weddings after
    Lag B’omer
    According to those
    who hold sefira
    until Lag B’omer,
    one is permitted to
    make weddings after
    Lag B’omer and on.
    However, the custom
    is that weddings
    (haircuts are different because since
    there is less joy) are not made from after
    Lag B’omer until the day of Sivan, while
    others say the custom is to be lenient
    even after Rosh Chodesh Sivan.
    Dancing after Rosh Chodesh Sivan
    Some say from Lag B’omer until Shavuos
    no non-mitzvah dancing should take
    place, even if one is not holding sefira.
    However, the custom of many is to be
    lenient with this. There is an uncertainty
    if non-mitzvah dancing is permitted from
    Rosh Chodesh Sivan until Shavuos.
    Seudas Reshus
    One is permitted to make a seuda during
    these days which is not a mitzvah but one
    may not have dancing. This is true for a
    fundraising dinner as well.
    Seudas Mitzvah
    One is permitted to make other seudas
    mitzvahs during sefira such as a siyum
    mesechta. Dancing is permitted by this
    meal if one normally dances by such
    a meal. Those who dance on Shabbos
    would be permitted to do so on Shabbos
    during sefira since there is no aveilus on
    Bar Mitzvah /Bas Mitzvah
    One is permitted to make a bar mitzvah
    or bas mitzvah during sefira without
    music or dancing.
    Chanukas Habayis
    Some say one should not have a chanukas
    habayis during sefira. Nonetheless, the
    custom is to be lenient.
    The early poskim do not mention a custom
    to refrain from music during sefira.
    However, later poskim mention that
    listening to music is not allowed during
    sefira. Therefore, the custom is that music
    in any form may not be listened to during
    sefira, even in one’s home (see below).
    However, when it is permitted to have
    dancing, listening to music or having a
    band play music is also permitted.

    A cappella
    Many say singing without music is not
    permitted. Therefore, the newest fad
    of listening to a cappella CDs cannot
    be a viable loophole during sefira. It
    defeats the whole purpose of the isssur
    because the musical experience is what
    is really ossur, which the a cappella
    singing provides in full. There are
    some poskim who maintain that one is
    permitted to listen to singing on a CD etc
    without music even if there are pleasant
    Radio, Tapes and CDs
    The custom is that one is not permitted
    to listen to music from the radio, tapes
    or CDs during sefira (even if one is
    lenient and listens to music all year). If
    the tape only has slow music and one is
    listening in order to lift his spirit, then
    doing so is permitted. However, others
    say if one sings into a tape without beats
    it is considered music and forbidden.
    Included in this discussion is classical
    music or tapes from a chazzon. For
    example, one who is sick r”l in bed and
    needs music to lift his spirit is permitted
    to listen to such music according to the
    first opinion.
    Children’s CDs
    One is permitted to listen to a children’s
    music CD etc since he is not doing so
    for enjoyment, but rather that his child
    should enjoy the music. Children who
    have reached the age of chinuch should
    refrain from listening to music during
    One who wishes to listen to music while
    driving in order to keep him awake may
    do so even during his sefira period. One
    who does not listen to music and is n a
    car where others are listening to music
    (not during their sefira period) does not
    have to ask for the music to be shut off.
    One who depends on playing musical
    instruments for his parnasa is permitted
    to practice a musical instrument or play
    one at a wedding or other seudas mitzvah
    (even if he is holding sefira). One who
    is having lessons can continue during
    Some had the custom not to sing
    during sefira. However, l’maseh, one is
    permitted to sing a song during sefira

    without the accompaniment of
    music. This is common when
    signing while learning, while
    davening, or during zemiros.
    Background Music
    One who walks into a store and
    hears background music may
    listen to the music and is not
    obligated to close his ears. The
    same is true if one wants to have
    a meeting in his house and put
    on a little background music.
    Similarly, listening to music
    when being placed on hold, or when
    waiting in a waiting room at a doctor, etc
    is permitted.
    Without Intent
    Many cases of listening to music are not
    because one wishes to enjoy the music.
    For example, one who is exercising and
    wishes to listen to music to make the
    exercising better is permitted to do so
    since his intent is not to enjoy the music.
    In a playgroup or nursery a teacher may
    play music even during her sefira.
    Dancing and Music on Lag B’omer
    Many have the custom to make bonfires
    (and dancing) on the night of Lag
    B’omer. Others say that the simcha
    should start by day. However, because of
    Rav Shimon Bar Yochai the minhag is to
    do the bonfire and dancing etc at night
    all over the world and not only in Meron.
    However, music not accompanied by a
    bonfire should not be listened to until the
    next day after neitz hachama.
    Cutting Nails
    One is permitted to cut finger or toe nails
    during sefira.
    Some have the opinion that no
    shehechiyanu is recited during sefira.
    However, according to many poskim
    one is permitted to recite a shehechiyanu
    during these days, one who has a custom
    otherwise should adhere to it. According
    to all opinions, doing so is permitted after
    Lag B’omer (if one holds sefira until Lag
    Wearing and buying new Clothes
    According to many poskim, one is
    permitted to buy new clothing and wear
    them during sefira even if it is clothing
    that one recites a shehechiyanu on. There
    is another opinion that is stringent and
    maintains doing so is not allowed. One
    may fix garments during sefira. Others

    say the custom is to be stringent and
    avoid doing so during one’s sefira. In
    any case, one who is getting married or
    has a different need that may come up is
    permitted to buy and wear new garments
    during sefira even according to the
    stringent opinion. Even according to the
    stringent opinion one may buy furniture
    etc since the opinion was referring to
    buying clothes.
    Moving into a Home
    One is permitted to buy or move into a new
    home during the sefira period. Although
    painting one’s home is forbidden during
    the nine days, doing so during sefira is
    permitted. The same is true for doing
    construction on a home during sefira, or
    putting up wallpaper.
    “No Work”
    Some have the custom that a woman
    (many say men as well) may not do
    work from shekia until the next morning,
    during the entire sefira period. One of
    the reasons is since the students of Rabbi
    Akiva died before shekia and were buried
    after shekia. Some say the custom is only
    until a half hour after shekia. According
    to this reason after Lag B’omer one can
    be lenient. Another reason for refraining
    from work is because when the Torah
    says we should count seven weeks it uses
    the word “Shabbosos” which means rest.
    According to this reason, one only needs
    to refrain from work until after counting
    sefira for that day. Some say women who
    do not count sefira should avoid working a
    whole night. Some say even according to
    the stringent opinion, any work which is
    permitted during chol hamoed is permitted
    here too. In addition, only work which
    takes time, such as sewing garments, and
    washing dishes and folding laundry are
    permitted. In addition, house work such
    as cooking, cleaning etc is permitted.
    The custom of many is not to be concerned
    with this whole practice, and one should
    follow his family’s custom