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I hereby nullify any expression of intent or condition or disclaimer, and disclaimers that result from my disclaimers (lit. that come out from within) ad infinatum, and invalidate any witnesses of my disclaimer against the vow that I am about to make. It is a declaration discounting any attempt to invalidate a vow, in order to make the vow absolutely ...


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Excellent question. Back in an agricultural society, people had animals around. So he was thinking it would be a cow, sheep, or goat. Nonetheless, the Talmud said he should not have taken that oath -- what if it was a horse or donkey? (Which can't be used as a sacrifice.) Some Christians took this story as a message "oh, always fulfill your oaths." The ...


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Generally, a promise must be kept (and a promise to give charity is effective when taken using lesser methods than a standard promise), and for that reason we avoid promising. There are ways to annul promises: one must go to someone who knows the rules of such annulments (so go to your rabbi!), and he will determine whether it can be annulled. In brief, a ...


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I appreciate everyone attempting to understand my question. Thankfully, when I asked my Rabbi a couple of weeks ago he understood the question perfectly. His response was that if I made a personal vow to donate before knowing what I know now about this organization, I still should send the donation but specify that the money not be used for the legal fund. ...


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Quoting from the Artscroll Yom Kippur Machzor: There is a dangerous and erroneous misconception among some people that the Kol Nidre nullification of vows - whether past or future, depending on the previously discussed opinions - gives people the right to break their word or to make insincere promises that will have no legal force. This is not the case. ...


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It seems that the dispute between the sages and Rebbi Eliezer is not surrounding whether one can be release from a vow based on nolad, but rather surrounds the specific cases listed in the Mishna, which occur infrequently (see Ran 64b). The sages would allow the release of a vow based on nolad so long as the case was one which occurs frequently, but will ...



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