Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Taking vows


[This passage follows a discussion of the evils of taking vows, arguing that a Jew is not supposed to take vows.]

"Does the Torah not say, 'And Yaakov vowed,' and 'That which I have vowed, I will pay' [in apparent approval]?

"One could answer that in times of trouble this is permitted, as is taught in Bereishit Rabbah, "The Torah says: 'And Yaakov made a vow, to say' – 'To say' means to say to his descendants that they should also vow in times of need."

(Tosafot, Chullin 2b)

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