In a responsum about bas mitzvah
celebrations, Rav Ovadiah Yosef
quotes an authority who raises questions
about bar mitzvah invitations.
In Yechaveh Da’as (2:29), Rav Yosef
quotes Rav Avraham Musafya who
says that the practice in...
Jews are averse to swearing–taking oaths–for two reasons. One is the
severity of the prohibition against violating an oath. Another is the prohibition,
listed among the so-called Ten Commandments, against using
I. RASHBASH AND CHUMRA
Religious life tends toward conservatism, retaining the practices and rhythms of prior years. New stringencies are often derided as fanaticism, an offensive rejection of earlier generations’ religiosity....