Parashat Matot / Pledges made and broken
It is in the nature of vows that they are created at extreme moments in aperson’s life, and that their goal is to preserve a unique emotional experience.
Parashat Matot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42) opens with the laws governing vows: “When a man voweth a vow unto the Lord, or sweareth an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth” (Num. 30:3). In interpreting “lo yahel devaro” (“he shall not break his word”), Rashi focuses...
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