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Daily Mitzvah

Day 111: Negative Commandment 157

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Negative Commandment 157 (Digest)
Reneging on Verbal Obligations

"He shall not profane his word; he shall do according to all that issues from his mouth"—Numbers 30:3.

It is forbidden to violate one's verbal pledge, whether that pledge was worded as an oath or not.

Examples of such pledges:

  • "If so-and-so occurs, or if I do this-and-this, all fruit – or fruit from this city – will become forbidden for me."
  • "Wine/milk/fish are forbidden for me."
  • The pleasure of my wife's [intimate company] is forbidden for me."
  • Any pledge to bring a sacrifice or give an amount of money to charity or to a synagogue.

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
For the land into which you are entering, to inherit it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you are coming, that you sow your seed and water it with your feet like a vegetable garden. The land into which you are crossing to inherit is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water of the rain of the heavens. A land which the L-rd your G-d seeks; constantly the eyes of the L-rd your G-d are on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
  –Deuteronomy 11:10-12
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