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 27:1  27:2
27:2 speak to the Israelites and say to them:

[This is the law] when a person expresses a vow to donate to God the endowment valuation of a person.
Daber el-beney Yisra'el ve'amarta alehem ish ki yafli neder be'erkecha nefashot la'Adonay.




Commentary:

vow
  Neder in Hebrew.

endowment valuation
  Erkakha in Hebrew (Ibn Ezra). Or, 'your endowment value,' i.e. 'your erekh' (Radak, Sherashim). See Leviticus 27:23.

Some say that this is speaking of a case where a person dedicates himself to God or to the Temple, and then wants to free himself (Josephus, Antiquities 4:4:4; cf. 1 Samuel 1:11,28). See Leviticus 27:9. However, all Talmudic sources state that this is primarily a monetary endowment.





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