Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mitzvah #44 - Swearing in vain

One is prohibited from swearing in vain. This includes 4 types of oaths:

- Swearing to change a fact. E.g.: that a boy is a girl, or a stone is gold

- Swearing for no reason. E.g.: that a stone is a stone

- Swearing to not a do a Mitzva that one is obligated to do

- Swearing to do the impossible. E.g.: To not sleep for 72 hours, or to not eat nor drink for a week.

One who swears in vain on purpose deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

One who makes an unnecessary Bracha has also transgressed this Mitzva.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Pasuk: "Do not take Gcd's name in vain" - 3rd of the 10 commandments

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 29

- Danny
Sunday, 18 Kislev 5770

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