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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Listening while writing

So what's the status with the sofer and the tfillin that was written while the sofer was listening to music or a shiur. we know that the shevet halevi didn't like it although he never pasuled Stam based on that. yet many sofrim whom I've met, do it. Should the customer be notified that it's lacking hidur. ...

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  1. Why don't you just speak to the sofrim and tell them that listening to shiurim or music etc.. takes away kavana when writting and they should stop.

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    1. I don't listen to anything. HOWEVER, the noise in my head is far louder and far more distracting than say chasidishe niggunim paying in the background, especially wordless ones.

      I will be discussing this with Rav Wozner to get his input, iyh.

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    2. I don't listen to anything. HOWEVER, the noise in my head is far louder and far more distracting than say chasidishe niggunim paying in the background, especially wordless ones.

      I will be discussing this with Rav Wozner to get his input, iyh.

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  2. I don't have one thought in mind for the 3 hours writing - "lishma". When I asked the beis din here what they ment that I have to write the get lishmo ulishma ulishem gerushin they explained it means saying it before I begin writing, meaning that I'm writing it for real for these people and not for practice or art...based on that, why should listening take away from lishma? On the other hand we know the din of misnamnem that it does take away from lishma, perhaps listening is similar.

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  3. I find it difficult to write without quiet background (classical) music. With the music, I can write in a relaxed manner, focusing intensely on the Tzuras Ha'Osios, the Yofi and Hiddur, and - of course - the Lishma and Leshem Kdushas Hashem. (The Three Weeks are very tough!) On the other hand, I find it impossible to write if I hear words, especially Hebrew, music or not.

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  4. Personally I've found that listening to wordless music helps isolate me from the surrounding and keep me focus, i use earbuds, it really isolate the mind. But if there's words or it's a shiur, it divert my attention to the words or the shiur instead of what I'm writing which can cause mistakes.
    There's actually rabbonim that says that as long as the music serves the purpose of writing, it's okay.

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  5. There is a great difference between music and a lecture.Rav B.V.told me (in name of G.R.)that if you can be mavir sedra with the noise in the background it doesn't take away kavana. Most people can only be mavir sedra when music is playing but not when a drasha or shiur is playing.

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  6. Rav A.T. Vozner of Vaad Mishmeres Sta"m told me today that it is ok to listen to soft background music!!!

    HURRAY!!!!!

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  7. That's what i wanted to hear
    Thank you

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