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Nedarim 27: How to Really Mean What You Say

[Announcement on Donation Opportunities] Vows that are not fulfilled because of circumstances beyond one’s control. With the example of a court case, a man who filed documents in his favor, and he assures the court he’ll return with a vow that the documents will be null and void if he doesn’t come back in time. That’s how certain he is that he’ll come back. Which leads to an important dispute between Rava and R. Huna – is his vow upheld, despite the fact that he was prevented from return by circumstances beyond his control. Plus, a new definition of “asmachata” – a strong statement/promise to emphasize ones agreement. But is the asmachta actually binding? And is this case an asmachta case?!

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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