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What is the Minimum Amount of Theft?

Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws

The Divine Code for February 14, 2023

Today: Page 484 - 485

Topic Chapter 1:4 - 1:5

There is no set minimum amount for the prohibition of theft. Even if a Noahide stole the smallest amoutn of money that a person would be concerned about, he is guilty of theft. If the value of the item taken is so small that no one would be concerned about it - for example, if one pulled a sliver of wood from another's crate or fence to use for picking his teeth - such a thing is permissible. Nevertheless, it is a righteous characteristic to hold oneself back from this as well.

If someone took a stolen item from a thief to save it and return it to the rightful owner, he is not liable for theft. He should try to do this so openly to avoid the appearcance of hidden theft.

Reading Schedule of the Divine Code

Yesterday's Study Topic: 1:2 - 1:3

Tomorrow's Study Topic: 1:6 -1:8

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


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