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Nedarim 65: Nebuchadnezzar’s Knowledge of Halakhah

Dissolving a vow that pertains to another person can only be done in the presence of that other person. With a proof from Moses and Jethro – and Midian and Egypt. Plus, a story about Nebuchadnezzar and his shame before Tzidkiyahu. Also, 3 mishnayot: openings to annul a vow, beginning with new developments. For example, a vow to keep out if certain property because of a dog or a snake, with the subsequent discovery that the dog/snake died, and the vow is no longer relevant. Plus, an opening to dissolve a vow because if the injunctions in the Torah against bearing a grudge (if the vow is rooted in a grudge). Also, the case of a man vowing that his wife won’t benefit from him without realizing he’d need to pay her ketubah – and then be left with nothing. Had he but known, he wouldn’t have made such a vow, of course.

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Anne and Yardaena

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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