Kevin Minerley (Chaim Kalman) asked:

> R. Yehoshua says, his words take effect on Shabbos >(even though we could not write them), and all the more >so on a weekday!

This one really confuses me. I thought we were forbidden ALL talk and certainly therefore anything contractual on Shabbat. Is this an inadvertent vow?

PS These DAF resources are a constant saving grace to me (as are your answers). Thanks for your time.

Kevin Minerley (Chaim Kalman), Red Hook, NY USA

The Kollel replies:

The Mishnah is talking about a Shechiv Mera, a man on his deathbed, who is distribituting his property. The Rabanan relaxed their prohibition against discussing monetary issues on Shabbos in this case, lest the distress of not being able to take care of his affairs immediately cause the dying man to succumb to his illness quicker.

b'Virchas Kol Tuv,

Eliezer Chrysler