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I Took a Paperclip, So What...

The Obligation to protect other people's belongings

The prohibition of theft

It seems logical, what is yours is yours and what is mine is mine.

In “The Divine Code” this Mitzvah occupies more space than the others. Theft happens faster than you think. Taking someone's car is obvious, but is a paperclip from your boss so bad? What about if you take someone's idea or damage reputation, is that theft?

The prohibition of theft is unique in that it affects almost every aspect of a person’s life, since humans are social beings who must deal with each other continuously, in buying, selling, exchanging, etc….The focus of this commandment is to accept and honor another person, his needs, and his possessions.

The consequences of theft are enormous. The decree of annihilation of the generation of the Flood was only sealed because they committed rampant theft, even though they were very sinful with respect to alle of their divine commandments as it says (Gen. 6:13), “The end of all flesh has come before Me because the world is full of robbery, and behold, I will destroy the world.”

Have respect for all other people's possessions.

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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