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Halacha - Kol Isha
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I work as an occupational therapist with special needs children and often use songs as a way of communicating with them. A male therapist was just hired, and I was wondering if I am permitted to sing to the children while he is in the room? Thank you.
Answer:

As long as you make the male therapist aware that your singing is for therapeutic purposes and not for personal enjoyment it is permitted. The rationale is that many poskim hold that the heter of "tarid b'melachto" applies under these circumstances you are not committing "lifnei iver" by causing him to enjoy your voice' since the male OT is involved in his work related responsibilities and is not m'chavin for hanaah. This same heter is used in many schools with male principals who often observe classrooms. If the male therapist is not Jewish then lifnei iver would not apply in this case and it would not even be necessary to inform him of your motives.

posted:2008-10-17 14:28:52


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