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Rashi to the cited verse: לא יחיה: ומאותה קללה מתה רחל בדרך Shall not live: and from that curse Rachel died on the road. So it seems that it was a curse.


Note that the idols were never found. Therefore, he never knew that it would have applied to anyone in his household. That is why the meforshim say that the "words of a tzadik come true" even if they do not appear to apply. This means that a tzadik needs to be very careful what he says. Even though the condition (of the idols being found in someone's ...


By making the neder to bring a mincha with barley when he knows it is not possible, this person is making a neder in vain – a neder shov. From INSIGHTS INTO THE DAILY DAF Nedarim 15 I see that The RAN (end of Nedarim 14b) writes that there is no Isur of "Neder Shav," a Neder made in vain, as there is an Isur of Shevu'as Shav, a Shevu'ah made in ...

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