כ״א בְּתָּמוּז תשע״א
21st of Tamuz, 5771
Sat, 23 July 2011
The laws of vows and the rabbinic cautions against making them teach the holiness and power of the spoken word.
The Torah considers oaths and vows to be pretty serious business. The power of the spoken word is often thought of as holy, so is it better to vow and default, or not to vow at all? MORE>
Moses describes the laws of oaths; the Israelites battle the Midianites; the tribes of Reuben and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel.
By : Nancy Reuben
Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying, "This is the word that God has commanded. If a man makes a vow to God or swears an oath, he must not permit his word to remain unfulfilled. He shall do whatever has come forth from his mouth.
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Book of Jeremiah 1:1-2:3.
Jeremiah is Chosen
The first haftarah of oppression (for Parashat Matot or Parashat Pinhas), and the haftarah read by Sephardim for Parashat Sh'mot.
When God begins speaking to Jeremiah, He explains that He chose Jeremiah to receive prophecy before the prophet was even born, while he was still being formed in his mother's womb. Though many people might take this as a compliment, Jeremiah is terrified to learn this, and counters that he cannot serve as a prophet because he is too young and unable to speak. But God insists that Jeremiah will serve Him. God offers a promise of Divine protection and verbal inspiration.