Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man
28: Keeping One's Word
"You shall watch what comes out of your mouth, and fulfill all your
vows to Hashem" (Devarim 23:24)
We are commanded to watch what we say and to fulfill all of our promises.
It is important to remember that a person's word is holy. We should not
profane our words (See Bemidbar 30:3).
In Pirkei Avos (1:17) we learn: "THe best thing for one's physical health
is silence." David HaMelech proclaims in Tehillim (34:13), "Who desires
life? Guard your tongue..."
The Gemara teaches that is is better not to make any vows to avoid the
risk of falling short of fulfilling them (Chullin 2a).
Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.