Numbers 6:5 - 'Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy.'

What does it mean to be holy in the eyes of the LORD?


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Rashi (a preeminent biblical commentator) explains that this verse refers to the hair, not the Nazir.

["it" not "he"]: his hair shall be holy inasmuch as he must let grow freely the hair of his head

You are correct however that a Nazir is holy as it says in Numbers 6:8 (transl. Artscroll)

All the days of his abstinence he is holy to Hashem

In Judaism, holy often has a connotation of separate. A Nazir separates himself from cutting his hair, wine and dead people. By doing so, a Nazir aims to separate himself from the mundane by observing a meticulous lifestyle to get closer to God.

For more see this Chabad article.

  • Was it considered a vow offering as in an exchange for something? ie: I will take a Nazir vow until my wish is fulfilled? Commented Jul 25, 2021 at 6:17
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    One who declares he is a Nazir declares for how long (if not the standard term is 30 days). The end is not conditional on a specific wish. But it is possible to state the term starts upon a certain event, e.g., "I am a Nazirite when I will have a child" (see Mishna Nazir 2:7)
    – mbloch
    Commented Jul 25, 2021 at 6:22

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