Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dancing on Shabbat

Dancing on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: October 22, 2015
Parshat: Lech Licha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 338

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina and Avraham Asher ben Tzadika

Included in the prohibition against playing music on Shabbat is the prohibition against dancing on Shabbat. Since the Hachamim were concerned that a person might make or repair an instrument, it follows that dancing also can cause a person to forget about Shabbat and do so. Nowadays, since very few people know how to make musical instruments, there are some Poskim that do allow dancing on Shabbat. However Sephardim may not rely on this leniency since we follow the rulings of Maran Bet Yosef who forbids it. On Simhat Torah however, it is permissible to dance and clap as part of the Torah celebration.

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