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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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There are two different issues. 1. Using a specific name of Gd when swearing an oath which is not allowed. 2. Showing respect to any divine name. This link here, will fully explain the how and why of writing Gd's name. But the short version, is that writing Gd or G-d is in order to show respect to Gd and to not cause the name to be erased, or treated ...


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According to the expalanation in this article, yes, he does have to refrain unless annuled based on the notion that he made the vow unwittingly.


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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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It seems he is basing himself on Shulchan Aruch YD 210:1 based on Bavli Shevuot 26b.


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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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