In Honor of President Trump - A Man of His Word!

Yonaton Behar,

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Yonaton Behar
Yonaton is happily married with 6 children, and 9 grandchildren, and lives in the most amazing Torah community in the world - Har Bracha.

Until now, President Trump has proven that as far as Israel is concerned, he has kept his word, and fulfilled promises he made before the elections, and for this he deserves to be praised. Unlike some Israeli politicians who, when asked why they do not fulfill their campaign promises, say that true, they promised -- but they did not promise to keep their promise! In honor of President Trump, let's learn - and try to fulfill - the laws of keeping one's words:

"Of all the actions a person does, speech is the most expressive of our uniqueness as human beings. Without speech, human society could not exist and develop, and man's mind would have remained in its raw capacity, lacking the ability to carry out its thoughts. Thus Onkelos, one of the greatest translators of the Bible, translated the verse in Genesis 2: 7: "God formed man out of dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life. Man thus became a living creature" – as, 'a speaking soul' (Genesis 2: 7), in other words, man's vitality is expressed by his ability to speak.

In order to preserve our human superiority, we must treat speech with reverence, and fulfill all our speech. Thus, we have learned in the Mishna Shevi'it (7: 10): "Whoever fulfills his word, the Sages are pleased with him." And the reason is that such a person takes his words seriously.

For example, someone who said to his friend that he would give him a gift must try to keep his word. And if he did not give the gift, then according to our Sages he is 'mechusar amana', or in plain English, an unreliable person. True, if he said he would give his friend a big gift, and in the end did not – he is not considered unreliable, because it was clear from the beginning that since he spoke of a big gift, only if he was able to, would he give it. But if he said that he would give an ordinary gift, he obviously did intend to give it, and if he did not - he is considered an unreliable person.

And if already at the time he told his friend that he would give him a present he intended not to keep his word, this is a more serious offense, because, already at the time he spoke, he was lying. And our Sages said that there are three types of people who sin in matters of speech that the Holy One, Blessed Be He hates, and the first of them is a person who says one thing but thinks another – i.e., a hypocrite.

The same applies to any agreement between two people: for example, if one told his friend he would help him in the evening, it is a mitzvah for him to keep his word and go and help his friend. And if at the time he said he would help, his intention was to dodge helping out – this is an even more serious offense, because not only did he not fulfill what he said he would do, but even intended to lie from the onset.

It goes without saying that a craftsman who undertook to finish his work by a certain time, according to Jewish law, must keep his word."

Taken from "Peninei Halakha, Likutim Bet: Laws of Speaking the Truth" by the Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Rav of Har Bracha and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Har Bracha