The difference in the understanding between the Ramban and Tosfos of the nature of the muchzakus of shnayim ochazim and how it plays out in their understanding of the gemara.
So important. Like, what else are you going to do on a sunday if not learn this??:-)
Q: First we would like to know your position on kol isha.
A: I would say as follows. There are many rishonim (early Talmudic commentators) who hold that it is only during kriyat shema. Other rishonim hold that the injunction of kol isha applies only to vulgar songs [name one!:-)]. There are still other rishonim who hold that it is not only vulgar songs, but also things that entice you [name one:-)]. This would explain why for some, zmirot (religious songs) present no problem. The other thing that you have to say is that many of these isurim (prohibitions) are contextual. For example, and the Pri Chadash brings this down, many women don’t cover their hair even though the Gemara (Talmud) clearly states that the hair of a woman is considered erva (nakedness or sexual licentiousness) [women not following halacha doesn't make it permitted:-)]. One of the heterim (allowance for halakhic leniency) for not covering their hair is that when something is not considered ervah anymore it loses its halakhic status as a prohibition [WHOSE HETER??]. Likewise with songs, which are largely not considered ervah anymore, and are not deemed to be erotic, a similar heter can be applied. Mimeila (consequently/clearly), I don’t worry about this kind of thing. [In other words - I don't follow the Shulchan Aruch which explicitly forbids it:-). He also made up that rishonim said things they didn't say:-).
Q: So would you say that we could…..
A: If sometimes you want to go to the opera I think it is alright.