Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

29: Nullifying a Vow

"If a man makes a vow to Hashem... he may not nullify his words..." (Bemidbar 30:3)

The Talmud teaches that although one may not nullify his own vow, a sage can find a method to nullify his words (Chagigah 10b).

A vow is a commitment taken upon oneself for self-improvement, such as not to eat certain foods for a week or two in order to control one's desires. This can be meritorious, but it is better to train oneself without using a vow, saying "bli neder" (Rambam, Hilchos Nedarim 13:23-24). One who did make a vow has a mitzvah to nullify it through a sage to avoid the risk of transgressing it (ibid., 25).


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON TAZRIA AND METZORAH:

View Complete List

A Career of Mitzvos
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Sounds of Solitude
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

One Step at a Time!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Don't Gossip, Learn Torah!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Humanity in Speech
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Negaim: Opening the Book
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

> Battling The Serpent
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

The Preist
The Preist's Supreme Task: Diagnosing Spiritually Damaged Souls - 5771

The Letters Of 'Nega' and 'Oneg' Are Identical
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

No Free Lunch
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Picking Up the Messages
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Conception and Perception
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

ArtScroll

Living on the End
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

The 'Eyes' Have It
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Have A Good Look
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

The Gossip of "Men of Distinction"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760



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