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Maimonides the UniversalistThe Ethical Horizons of the Mishneh Torah$
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Menachem Kellner and David Gillis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764555.001.0001

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Social Responsibility and Sanctifying God’s Name

(p.106) Chapter Six Asseverations
Maimonides the Universalist
Menachem Kellner, David Gillis
Liverpool University Press

This chapter centers on the Book of Asseverations (Sefer hafla'ah), which deals with the halakhic consequences of making various kinds of statements. It discusses the Laws of Oaths as the first section of the Book of Asseverations, which deals with oaths both as testimony to past events and as undertakings for the future. It also mentions the two types of vows in the Laws of Vows: vows of abstinence and vows of consecration. The chapter explores the Laws of Naziriteship, which considers the special case of a vow of abstinence in which a person undertakes to be a nazir for a period or even for life. It explains that the Laws of Valuation and Consecration covers a special case of vows of consecration in which a person vows to give their own value or that of someone else, or some possession, to the priests or for the upkeep of the Temple.

Keywords:   Book of Asseverations, Sefer hafla'ah, Laws of Vows, Laws of Oaths, abstinence, consecration, Laws of Naziriteship

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