ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Nedarim 65
(a) The Tana of the Beraisa learn from the Pasuk ...
1. ... "Vayomer Hashem el Moshe *be'Midyan, Lech* Shuv Mitzrayim" - that a Mudar
Hana'ah is obligated to annul his Neder in the presence of the person from whom he is
(b) Some commentaries restrict the above rule to Nedarim that benefit the Mudar - but
not to other Nedarim; like we find - by Tzidkayahu, whose Neder was for the benefit
of Nevuchadnetzar, as we shall soon see.
2. ... "Vayo'el Moshe Lasheves es ha'Ish" - that Moshe swore to Yisro that he would
not leave Midi'an (since "va'Yo'el' is a Leshon Shevu'ah).
(c) This distinction conforms with the reason given by the Yerushalmi (for the basic
obligation of annulling a Neder in the presence of the person from whom he is Mudar),
that he should feel embarrassed standing in the presence of his friend (for whose
benefit he made the Neder in the first place), and abstain from annulling it. This
distinction will not be applicable according to the other reason cited by the
Yerushalmi; namely - because his friend will suspect him of contravening his Neder.
(a) The other ramifications of the above Machlokes are - that if the Noder informed
the Mudar that he intends to annul the Neder, because then the reason of suspicion
falls away (and he may therefore annul it outside his presence), whereas this is not
sufficient to cause the necessary embarrassment to induce him to desist from revoking
it (and he would still need to annul it in his presence).
(b) Another distinction that we make between a Neder that is for the Mudar's benefit
and one that is not (according to all opinions) is - if the Neder was revoked in his
presence but against his will, which is permissible when it is not for his benefit,
but not when it is.
(c) Some commentaries permit Bedieved, a Neder that was revoked not in the presence
of the Mudar, and they prove it from Tzidkiyahu and the Sanhedrin (who would not have
revoked his Neder if at least Bedieved, the nullification would not be considered
valid). Others refute this proof - on the basis of the terrible retribution meted out
to them by Hashem at the hand of Nevuchdnetzar. This would not have happened to them
had they done the right thing, at least Bedieved.
(a) Tzidkiyahu ha'Melech swore to Nevuchadnetzar - that he would not divulge that he
once caught him eating a hare alive.
(b) What made him decide to have it revoked - was his abhorrence of what he had seen,
which raged inside him, making him want to speak it out.
(c) When Nevuchadnetzar heard people despising him, and he realized that Tzidkayohu
must have broken his oath - he had Tzidkiyahu and the Sanhedrin brought before him,
and proceeded to question them.
(a) Tzidkiyahu explained to Nevuchadnetzar that a Neder can be revoked.
Nevuchadnetzar caught him out however - in that the Neder, which was for his benefit,
could only be rescinded in his presence.
(b) Rebbi Yitzchak explains the Pasuk "Yeishvu la'Aretz Yidmu Ziknei bas Tzi'on" -
that the Sanhedrin responded by removing the cushions on which they had been sitting,
and sitting on the ground (a sign of defeat).
(a) Rebbi Meir speaks about a case of someone who says 'Konem she'Eini Nosei es
P'lonis, she'Avihah Ra', and he then learns that he died or did Teshuvah. He presents
another case about someone who said 'Konem she'Eini Nichnas, she'Kelev Ra be'Socho O
she'ha'Nachash be'Socho' and he subsequently hears that the dog has died or the snake
has been killed (see Tif'eres Yisrael as to why the Tana needs to cite all tree
(b) When he refers to these cases as 'ke'Nolad, ve'Einan Nolad' - he means that
although this resembles Nolad, it is not (and the Neder can in fact be nullified),
because his Neder implies 'only as long as her father is a Rasha, or the mad dog is
alive', and it is therefore considered as if he had said it.
(c) The Rabbanan say - that, since he did not say so specifically, it is considered
(a) Rebbi Yochanan disagrees. *He* establishes Rebbi Meir - when the father had
already died or done Teshuvah before the Noder declared his Neder, in which case it
is not a case of Nolad at all, but of Neder Ta'us.
(b) The problem we have with his basic explanation is - why Rebbi Meir then refers
to it as 'ke'Nolad', seeing as it bears no resemblance to Nolad at all?
(a) The Mishnah later presents a case of 'Konem she'Eini Nosei es P'lonis Ke'urah
ve'Harei Hi Yafah'. The Tana there does not explain this in the same way as we
explain our Mishnah (because the Noder depended the Neder to the woman's looks) -
because unlike that of 'she'Avihah Ra ve'As'ah Teshuvah' in *our* Mishnah (where it
is feasible that a person dies or does Teshuvah), it is unusual for an ugly woman to
become beautiful (in which case, he is unlikely to have had that in mind, even though
he did specifically mention her ugliness.
(b) Alternatively, it is because of the Lashon 'Ke'urah ve'Na'asis Na'ah' - which
does not imply that he depends the marriage on her looks (for that, he ought to have
said 'Konem she'Eini Nosei Ishah P'lonis she'Hi Ke'urah' - which is similar to Konem
... she'Avihah Ra').
(c) This later Mishnah presents ...
1. ... no problem according to Rav Huna - because *our* Mishnah speaks about someone
who depends his Neder on certain facts, and the later Mishnah, about Nidrei Ta'us.
2. ... Rebbi Yochanan with the problem of - why the Tana needs to two Mishnahs to
tell us about Nidrei Ta'us.
(a) "Lo Sikom", "Lo Sitor", "Lo Sisna es Achicha bi'Levavecha", "ve'Ahavta
le'Rei'acha Kamocha" and "ve'Chei Achicha Imach" are mentioned in our Mishnah - as
examples of a Pesach Charatah to annul Nedarim (Had he known that he will contravene
any of them by forbidding himself from someone, he would not have mane the Neder).
(b) The difference between all of these and the Sugya in 'Arba'ah Nedarim', where we
prohibited using threats (such as the Beraisa of Rebbi Nasan 'Kol ha'Noder, Ke'ilu
Banah Bamah') as a Pesach Charatah - is that the latter are more severe, and people
will therefore be embarrassed to deny that they knew about it and made the Neder
anyway; whereas they do not take the list in our Mishnah quite as seriously (and will
therefore be honest about it).
(c) Our Mishnah cites the Pesach as 'Shema Ye'ani, ve'Ein Ata Yachol Lefarneso'. Rav
Huna (or Rav Chana) bar Rav Ketina queries this on the grounds that the Noder is not
obligated to help a poor man single-handed. There would there be nothing wrong for
the Noder to donate funds together with everybody else on behalf of the Mudar - by
giving money to the Gabai of Tzedakah, since the Gabai has the right to then give it
whichever poor man he pleases.
(d) The Rabbanan answer Rav Huna bar Rav Ketina - that a poor man tends to go first
to his friends and relatives. Consequently, the Noder, who has created the situation
whereby he is unable to help, should the need arise, will have transgressed "ve'Chei
(a) The Tana Kama says 'Poschin le'Adam bi'Kesuvas Ishto'. Rebbi Akiva (who supports
the Tana Kama's opinion) ruled with regard to that man who made a Neder forbidding
himself to have Hana'ah from his wife - that he was obligated to pay her Kesuvah (of
four hundred Zuz).
(b) The Noder protested - that his father had left eight hundred Zuz, of which his
brother received four hundred and himself four hundred. Why could his wife not take
two hundred and leave him with two hundred (he presumably thought that, like by
Erchin, he would be Patur from paying the rest because now he was poor, as is
(c) When Rebbi Akiva nevertheless insisted that he pay the four hundred Zuz of his
wife's Kesuvah (even if it meant selling the hair of his head to obtain the money) -
he retorted that, had he known that, he would never have declared such a Neder in the
(d) Rebbi Akiva reacted - by annulling the Neder.
(a) Abaye rejects the proof from Rebbi Akiva, who obligated the Noder to give four
hundred Zuz to pay his wife's Kesuvah, that Metaltelin [movable goods] are Meshubad
(ear-marked) for a woman's Kesuvah - by interpreting 'eight hundred Zuz' in the
Mishnah as referring to land to the value of eight hundred Zuz.
(b) On the other hand, if we rule that they are not, then what Rebbi Akiva meant when
he told the Noder that he must even sell the hair of his head (which is Metaltelin)
was - that even if after paying her Kesuvah, he had nothing left for himself, and had
to sell the hair of his head to sustain himself, then he was still obligated to pay
her the full amount of her Kesuvah.
(c) We conclude that Metaltelin is not Meshubad for a woman's Kesuvah. This Din is
even weaker than that of a creditor, who is not permitted to claim from Metaltelin
(according to the Rabbanan of Rebbi Meir) either - inasmuch as *he* is at least
permitted to claim from the Metaltelin of the debtor himself (only not from that of
the Yesomim); whereas a woman cannot even claim from the Metaltelin of her husband
(d) According to Rebbi Meir, the difference works in the reverse direction - because,
in his opinion, even though the Metaltelin of the Yesomim are not Meshubad to the
creditor, they *are* Meshubad to their mother's Kesuvah.
(a) Our Mishnah appears to hold 'Ein Mesadrin le'Ba'al-Chov' - meaning that the
debtor is obligated to pay his creditor everything that he owns in order to settle
(b) The problem with this is that - this issue is a Machlokes Amora'im in Bava
Metzi'a, in which case there cannot possibly be a clear-cut Mishnah to that effect
(because if there was, there would be no room for dispute).
(c) Those who hold 'Mesadrin' say that one leaves him basic furniture, food for
thirty says and clothes for a year (see Reshash).
(d) We therefore repudiate the implication from our Mishnah - by explaining that min
ha'Din, we hold 'Mesadrin le'Ba'al-Chov'. What Rebbi Akiva was telling the Noder
was, that even if he wanted to be stringent and give her everything that he had, he
should not think that anything still outstanding will be canceled (like it is in the
case of Erchin, where a poor man who, after paying his one Sela for his Erech
(instead of fifty), then became rich, he is Patur from the rest, because even though
we do learn Sidur of a Ba'al-Chov from Erchin, it is not in this regard.