Nedarim (Vows)

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Nedarim (Vows): (a) Vows; (b) A tractate of the Talmud that discusses the laws of vows.
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At the start of this week’s parshah, Matot, we are introduced to the laws of annulment of vows. At that point, the tribes of Israel, usually called shevatim, are instead called matot. Why the different word? What connection does it have to annulment of vo...
I have always been intrigued by the traditional way in which diamond merchants seal a deal. They shake hands and say “Mazel and Brocha” (“good fortune and blessing”). Once those few words have been said, the deal is done and it has all the power of a lega...
The laws governing the annulment of vows distinguishes between an arus ('betrothed") and a baal ("husband"). On a deeper level, these laws describe two modes of spiritual life
Abstention is a humbling admission of defeat – "There's something in the world that G‑d created for a purpose; other people are capable of using it for that purpose; I cannot."
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