Rabbi Zwickler's Weekly Dvar Torah

Matot-Masei 5777

When it came to the Simchas Torah honors in my Yeshiva in Israel, students would commit to a certain amount of learning throughout the year as their bids. At times the auction was bid up to the point where the commitment of certain students seemed almost impossible. Only a few months later, some of those students regretted their pledges as they struggled to fulfill their obligation. 

In Parshas Matos the Torah tells us that if a person takes a vow they must be certain not to violate their pledge and to fulfill the commitment which emanates from their mouth. Rav Tzvi Hersh MiVidislav zt”l questions the language of the pasuk. It seems redundant: if one fulfills his commitment, he is not violating his pledge. Why then would the Torah express that the individual should not violate the pledge?  

Rav Tzvi Hersh answers that the Torah is encouraging people to fulfill their commitments with the same exuberance they expressed at the time they uttered the pledge from their mouths. If we take too much upon ourselves, we may ultimately come to resent our pledge in the first place. The Torah is teaching us that when we make a commitment, we should make certain that we will be able to fulfill it wholeheartedly so that the experience remains a positive one.


Tue, July 25 2017 2 Av 5777