Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mitzvah #120 - Annulling vows and oaths

It's a Mitzva to see if a vow or oath can be annulled.

If a person accepts upon himself to do something - and unforeseen circumstances cause him to regret his decision - he may go to an expert in Jewish law or to 3 Jews knowledgeable in the laws of oaths, to try annul his vow.

If they suspect that he would not have accepted his stringency had he known then what he knows now, they ask him if he regrets his acceptance.

If he does, then they say to him "your vow is annulled, allowed and forgiven".

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "When a man makes a vow to Gcd.." (Bemidbar 30:3)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 40

- Danny
Tuesday, 8 Nissan 5770

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