When giving over the word of Hashem to the Jewish people we usually find that Moshe spoke to the Bnei Yisrael directly. Our Parsha begins with Moshe teaching us about the laws of Nedarim. It is interesting that it does not say וידבר משה אל בני ישראל לאמר rather it says ‘וידבר משה אל ראשי המטות לבני ישראל לאמר  זה הדבר אשר צוה ה. We see that Moshe spoke to the leaders of the Jewish people and not to the Jewish people directly. We also see that the leaders are referred to as ראשי מטות and not simply as ראשי שבטי ישראל. The Seforim explain the terminology of the word מטות or מטה,refers to Hashem being  מטה the world, that He can do with the world as He wants. Similarly, a tzaddik has the koach of the מטה אלהים, to tilt the ways of Hashem in our favor. Moshe was telling the leaders of the Jewish people: You need to be מטות to the Bnei Yisrael, you need to tilt things in their favor.

When one makes a neder, many times it stems from anger or pride or other unhealthy habits. Therefore, Chazal distance us from making nedarim and likens the making of a neder to making a sacrifice to Avoda Zara or to שחוטי חוץ, bringing a korban that was slaughtered outside of the Machane.

Why would the seemingly trivial act of making a neder be likened to such grave sins?

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