Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Repealing an oath


“A certain local official was bad to the Jews in his city, and they plotted to flee. He imprisoned them, and forced them to swear that they would not flee.

“Do not propose that they ritually repeal their vow, for that would desecrate Gd’s Name. Further, he would no longer trust Jews for their oaths, and he might imprison one of them and not release him even with an oath.

“Rather, they should work with the king or some great official to enable the transplantation of the community against this official’s wishes.”

(R' Yehudah haChasid, Sefer Chasidim 423)

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