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How I Laughed as I Hid His Wallet

The Obligation to protect other people's belongings

The prohibition of theft

The prohibition of theft has everything to do with respect for the prohibition of others. That also means that you can't just borrow something from someone without anyone knowing. In “The Divine Code” it is written as follows:

“It is forbidden to steal from relatives or to take something of theirs without their knowledge, to use it without permission. This applies even if one knows with certainty that if his relative learned that he did this, the relative would be happy, that he benefited in this way.”

Also, you shouldn't take something from someone temporarily to teach them a lesson – because they haven't put their stuff away properly – or to play a joke on them. A person should learn a great sensitivity to keep away from the possessions of others.

On the other hand, man should always give his neighbor the benefit of the doubt if he thinks that he has taken something from him and assumes that this person is sincerely mistaken.

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.



The Divine Code by rabbi Moshe Weiner 4e edition p. 487


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