Nazir 19: A Nazir in the Land

September 09, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
When one thinks of the mitzvoth dependent on the land of Israel we think of the agricultural laws of the Torah; terumah, maaser, shmittaand the like. One surely does not think of the nazir, a law that seemingly applies both in Israel and out and has no connection to the land. Yet think of nazir we must.  "One who vowed a series of nezeeroots and completed them and afterwards comes to the land [of Israel] Beit Shammai says...
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Some Opening Thoughts on Masechet Nazir

August 31, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  After discussing the general topic of nedarim, vows, the Mishna moves to a most specific form of a vow, that of a nazir. The nazirite who takes a vow forbidding the consumption of grape produce, the taking of haircuts and contact with the dead is a rare phenomenon today. (The only nazir I am aware in recent times was Rav David Cohen, perhaps the primary disciple of Rav Kook). With no possibility of bringing...
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