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Day 106: Negative Commandment 62

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Negative Commandment 62 (Digest)
Vain Oaths

"You shall not take the name of the L-rd, your G‑d, in vain"Exodus 20:7.

It is forbidden to needlessly swear in the name of G‑d.

Examples:

  • To swear falsely regarding something that is an obvious untruth [e.g., to swear regarding a simple pebble that it is made of gold].
  • To swear that a phenomenon that is known to be impossible has occurred.
  • To swear to do something that violates a Torah commandment.
  • To swear in attestation of an obvious truth, e.g., to swear that all that are slaughtered die.

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
The rationales of the mitzvot have not been revealed, for they are beyond reason and understanding. Also in those instances in which there has been revealed and explained a certain reason which is apparently comprehensible to us, this is not ... the ultimate reason, for within it is contained an inner, sublime wisdom that is beyond reason and understanding.
  –Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
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