Sunday, December 17, 2006

Daf Yomi - Rosh Hashanah 12 - VOW FOR A YEAR

Question from a Daf Yomi learner, Michael Post:

Towards the end of today’s daf (12), it says that if one makes a vow “for a year”, that it lasts for 12 months from the time it was said. This is to contrast it to saying ‘for the year’, which is until Rosh Hashanah. When it says ’12 months’, does it mean it literally, or does it mean a year? In other words, if a person makes a vow on the first of Kislev “for a year”, but the year is a leap year, does the vow end on the first of Kislev the following year or the first of Mar-Chesvan the following year?

Answer: The Ritva states that if one takes an oath during a leap year and he states “for a year,” the vow will have effect for twelve months. However, if he would state “for this year,” then the vow will have effect the entire year, including the extra month.