Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


32. Nazirites - Nezirus

If one vows to be a nazirite he must let the hair of his head grow and is forbidden to cut it; he is also forbidden to drink anything containing wine or to eat grapes or raisins or to become impure through contact with a corpse, as it says ["If a man or woman makes the vow of a nazirite... he shall abstain from wine or strong drink; he shall not drink vinegar of wine or of strong drink and shall not drink anything obtained by soaking grapes and shall not eat wet or dry grapes; all the days that he is a nazirite he shall not eat anything made from the grapevine, from grapestones to grapeskins; all the days of his nazirite vow] no razor shall touch his head... he shall let the head of his hair grow; [all the days that he is a nazirite to Ha-Shem he shall not come near a dead person... he shall not become impure...].1,a

When the vow expires (if the Temple exists) the nazirite must bring three sacrifices and shave off his hair [as it says "On the day that his nazirite vow is fulfilled... the nazirite shall shave the hair of his head"]2; he is then no longer a nazirite. When the Temple does not exist all nazirites are perpetual.b One cannot be a nazirite for less than 30 days. If one becomes a perpetual nazirite he can cut his hair once a year (and when the Temple exists, must bring the three sacrifices at each such time).c If one's hair is cut he must add 30 days to the time of his vow; if one comes into certain types of contact with a corpse he must shave off his hair and start from the beginning (and when the Temple exists, must bring three sacrifices), as it says ["And if he becomes impure... he must shave his head on the day that he becomes pure... and keep the days of his nazirite vow...] and the first days fall away".3,d

Sources:

1. Num. 6:2-7 a. 1:1; see 5:1-2
2. Num. 6:13-20 b. 2:20; 4:12; 8:lff
3. Num. 6:9-12 c. 3:1,12
d. 6:1,3,11; 7:lff



 

ARTICLES ON BALAK AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

They Can Assure a Cure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Habit Forming
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

The Best Things In Life Are Different When They Come For Free
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Window of Opportunity
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Red Heifer and the Death of the Righteous
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

What Are We Missing On Tisha B'Av?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

> Forgotten Oaths
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Three Differences Between Bilaam and Rabbi Yosi ben Kisma
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Friendly Enemies
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

ArtScroll

Bilaam Lost His Shock Value
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Sod Of A Best-Seller
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Making the Most of Our Days
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Lishmah or Lo Lishmah?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

A Real Yiddishe Kup!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

'Balak' Magic
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Behold! A Nation
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information