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Nedarim 66: The Beautiful Daughters of Israel

Two mishnayot: First, an opening to release a person from his vow against eating meat, for example, if he can be asked: had you realized that would include Shabbat and holidays, would you have made this vow? Note that a vow that is partly nullified is wholly nullified. Likewise, exceptions to the general vow can be used to undermine and nullify that vow. Also, the possibility of undoing a vow because of the fear of shame to the family members because of his vow, then that same vow can be dissolved. Plus, one who takes a vow on false premises has not made the vow (not that the reality changed, but the vow was based in something false to begin with). And what if the reality changed? That well may be room to dissolve the vow. Plus, the challenge of the relationships and the value of undoing vows because of them.

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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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