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The only viable answer seems to be that then, as now, there was no legal responsibility under Divine law for stealing less than a perutah's worth, despite sources that on their surface state otherwise. Since under Noahide law, according to the Rambam, the punishment for violation of any of the 7 laws is the death penalty, it cannot be that such a harsh ...
I heard an answer from one of my rabbeim, who drew a parallel to the case of Yosef not contacting his father. There, the Ramban claims it was warranted because he believed his dreams were prophetic and thus would not go against the dreams that he was shown. (I've been told that the Netziv in HaEmek Davar also subscribes to this logic.) So too in our case, ...
according to the pirkei derebbi eliezer chapter 24, these clothes were stolen by Eisav from Nimrod. Hagozel min haganav is patur - one who steals from a thief is exempt.
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