Portland, Oregon — The Nazarite Vow has taken the world by storm, and hardly nobody is not doing it! What began as a Numbers 6-vow is now being taken by many young people, a trend similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge and Dabbing. “I just want to fit in these days,” 8th-grader Stan Bilchpeth grumbled while eating a sandwich, “I’m not good at sports or marbles like everyone else, so I’ve taken ‘the Vow’ like all of my friends.”
“The Vow,” as teens refer to it, requires that they:
- Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors, vinegar made from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
- Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; but allow the locks of the head’s hair to grow.
- Are not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
The Nazarite Vow has become so popular that CNN’s 60 Minutes has made plans to report on it later this month. You can also read about it in next month’s issue of Seventeen Magazine.