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Vain Oaths

Contemporary Politics: Oaths Made In Vain

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

There are those who maintain that you have to make impossible promises in order to get elected or stay in business. However, we should always ask whether a promise is at least plausible or whether it deserves to be denounced as a shevuat shav -- a vain oath.