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Nedarim 57: Do Growing and Replanting Remove Foods from a Vow?

A long mishnah: One who declares certain foods to be off-limits will have different restrictions, depending on the phrasing. Plus, how far into the future does one’s vow extend? Also, when a husband swears off his wife’s productivity. Or does so for a set amount of time (the same “until Pesach” deadlines that we’ve seen in the past). Note that the Gemara doesn’t address the whole if the mishnah; rather, it focuses on the vow against the productivity of the wife’s hands. Plus, the question of uprooting an onion during the 7th year (shemitah), for replanting in the 8th year. How does that growth have impact on what has been prohibited by the vow? Which raises the question, post-growth, can food lose its forbidden status?

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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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