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Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws

The Divine Code for Februari 19, 2023

Today: Page 494 - 495

Topic Chapter 1:16 - 1:19

Theft is theft whether you steal from an adult or a child.

It is proper that a child who steals should receive some form of punishment appropriate to his developmental level and age. The object must be returned to its owner, but if the stolen money or object is no longer intact, the minor is exempt from paying restitution (and his parents are also not obligated to pay for the financial loss).

It is forbidden to force someone to sell, but haggling is allowed, as this is a common way of buying/selling.

It is forbidden for a Noahide to desire another person's belongings. The reason for these prohibitions is that they are included in the prohibition of theft, for the result of coveting and desiring is theft.

Reading schedule of the Divine Code

Yesterday's Study Topic: 1:11 -- 1:15

Tomorrow's Study Topic: 2:1

Curious about the whole page? You can read it in The Divine Code.

Sources: The Divine Code (4th edition) by Rabbi Moshe Weiner


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