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Is a non-verbal promise considered binding?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller


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Generally, a promise made in the heart is nothing, unless it was actually verbalized.
However, there is an exception to this rule -- regarding charity. If a person decided to give charity, even if he did not verbalize it, he is obligated to give it.

[Although there is a dissenting opinion, the Rema1 rules according to the strict opinion that the person must give the money to charity.]


  • 1. Code of Jewish Law, Yoreh De'ah 258:13.


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