Who came up with the Bli Neder loophole of:
Bli neder I will help you do X
Bli neder I will etc...
And the list can go on and on.
Who came up with adding
Bli Neder which basically means "Without a promise" to things that seem like promises?!
Does that remove one from the obligation of the promise?
I have even heard people say:
I promise Bli Neder....
How does all of this work, and what are the ramifications in halacha?
Side points and references:
- Here is a whole article on nedarim on general
- Quote from here:
A "neder" is a formal commitment. "B'li Neder" means "without making a formal commitment." Not to be true to ones word is itself considered a sin in Judaism. Therefore, not to become entrapped in the sin of violating ones commitments, one adds this expression (B'li Neder) when committing oneself to an action or behavior such as in this calendar. To avoid confusion - one must truly intend to keep ones word in order for this qualifier (or this calendar for that matter) to have any real meaning. This expression is not valid in business contracts and legal obligations