Hatoras Nedarim over the Phone

Hatoras Nedarim Over the Phone


If a person undertakes self-imposed restrictions or obligations and they no longer wish to practice them, they must perform Hatoras Nedarim (The Annulment of Vows). Hatoras Nedarim should be done in the presence of a Beis Din (Rabbinical court) consisting of three people, at least one of whom knows what the vow in question is, as well as the halachos of how and when it’s permissible to annul vows, and the other two should be knowledgeable enough that if the halachos of Hatoras Nedarim were explained to them they would understand. Sometimes it’s difficult to assemble the three people needed to do Hatoras Nedarim. In case it’s absolutely necessary—and only if there is no other option—Hatoras Nedarim can be done by telephone in the following manner: Two people sit with the rav; the person who wishes to have his vow annulled calls the rav, and the rav does Hatoras Nedarim together with the other two dayanim (members of the court). It is much preferred to do it via Skype, or by similar means over the Internet, so that the three dayanim can see the person who is having his neder annulled. #317?1


Practical Halacha: One minute a day. By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, shlita, Mara D'asra and member of the Badatz of Crown Heights.