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Author:  RR
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Date:  5/31/2005 3:05:00 PM
Subject:  kol isha
Message:  Dear Rabbi,

There seems to be a contradiction between postings by AA and CYA on the subject of kol isha. In a post by AA (9/22/2004), it was claimed that a teacher in the hallway was not in violation because he could not see the woman singing, only hear her, and both are needed. In a post by CYA (4/28/2005), it is said that even if one only hears a woman's voice singing, as long as the man knows what she looks like, he is in violation. (Assumedly the male teacher knows what the female teacher looks like.) Is this a contradiction? Or am I missing something?

Thank you very much!
Reply:  If a man is concentrating (wants to hear her) on hearing her sing and he knows what she looks like, it is assur whether or not he sees her. If he is not concentrating on hearing her, just he happens to be in a place where he hears her, it is okay.

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