Daf Inspired: Nedarim 19 – To Be Sure      

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman This whole daf is busy trying to determine how we can resolve the apparent contradiction between our Mishna over here (on...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 18 – A Brisker for Life 

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman Cheftzah gavrah.  There’s something about those two words that conjure up a sense of the sheer power of the lomdus popular...

Nedarim 17 – Two for the Price of One

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman He said “hareini nazir”, I am hereby a nazir.  And, then, he said it again.  “Hareini nazir." If not for a derasha that...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 16 – Balance the Imbalance  

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman There’s a problem.  Our Mishna here implies that saying “Behold a shvuah that I will eat by you” means that he...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 12 – Piecing the Puzzle Together    

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman Is it the here and now that he’s referring to, or is it the historical beginnings to which his words are...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 11 – Define Your Terms  

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman One little letter can make all the difference.  The Ran explains that one of the three primary halachos of the Mishna...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 10 – Clear Speech, Clear Mind    

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman Where do these alternative words – nicknames, or slang - for korban, cheirem, and shvuah come from?  It’s a machlokes between...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 9 – The Golden Middle        

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman The story about the handsome shepherd who accepted a vow of nezirus in response to seeing his reflection in the water...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 8 – Everyone Needs Help     

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman Even though it’s superfluous because he already is obliged by the mitzvah to do it, it is nevertheless permissible, and even...

Daf Inspired: Nedarim 5 – What’s On Your Mind? 

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman After much back and forth, the Gemara’s conclusion is that Shmuel’s statement is based on the concept of yadayim sheh’einan mochichos. ...