Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mitzvah #52 - Do not steal

One may not take another's possessions without his permission, even if one plans on paying him later.

This applies to possessions belonging to adults or kids, Jews and non-Jews.

Even taking another's possessions as a joke or prank is forbidden.

One who transgresses has a Mitzva of returning double the amount they stole (Shmos 22:8) unless it was an ox or a sheep for which one has to pay back 5 or 4 times the amount stolen.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Pasuk: "Do not steal" (Vayikra 19:11)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 34

- Danny
Wednesday, 5th day Chanukah, 29 Kislev 5770

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