What is a nazir?
A. Before the hippy, there was the nazir. A nazir was a man who would isolate himself from certain material luxuries for purposes of spiritual...
Is it better not to make a vow than to not fulfill it?
The Torah (Deuteronomy 23:22) says that if you make a vow and fail to keep it—that’s a sin. The next verse says: “If you don’t make...
Can I make as many vows as I wish -- and retroactively nullify them during Kol Nidrei?!
If one makes a vow, while aware of what he/she said at Kol Nidrei, that effectively nullifies the Kol Nidrei. For by making the vow, the person is...
Is a non-verbal promise considered binding?
Generally, a promise made in the heart is nothing, unless it was actually verbalized. However, there is an exception to this rule -- regarding...
Are tattoos permitted under any circumstances?
Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... tattoos: Hello how are you? Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: thanks G-d & U? tattoos: very...
Nazirites and Nunneries
The mightiest man in the Bible was, of course, Samson. He took on the most savage of beasts and leveled a stadium with his bare hands. In the end, Samson...
Can a vow be annulled?
For a start, our Sages advise you not to make vows in the first place.1 If you have made a vow, there is a process available to annul it. We call this...
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