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Employee and Employer: Don't Steal

The Obligation to protect other people's belongings

The prohibition of theft

When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, you may eat grapes at will, until you are satisfied; but you shall put none into your vessel. (Deutr. 23:25)

Example: you can drink coffee from the coffee machine at your employee's house, taking a thermos for the road home, falls under theft.

Different rules for an employee;

- If you are paid by the hour, you do not do other activities or work that are not related to your paid work. When you are finished, you report it.

- During your working hours, you perform work only for your employer.

- Work resources from your boss, you use for your work.

- You do not take any leftover materials from your employer that you can use.

For the employer, he must pay his employer, if possible, on time what he owes him. If a worker demands his payment and the employer has the money available, but he delays the payment to gain time with his money or to cause distress to the worker, then he is violating the commandment, "Do not say to your neighbor, "'Go and return and tomorrow I will give,' although you have it with you."

Brought By Angelique Sijbolts


Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.

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