Imagine a poor Jewish guy with a screaming wife and 12 little kids that went bankrupt and lost everything he had. He still needs to support himself and his family.

What prevents him from selecting the path of theft and the following slavery that ensures his and his family a master-level of provision for at least 6 years?

  • אִם־כֶּ֣סֶף ׀ תַּלְוֶ֣ה אֶת־עַמִּ֗י אֶת־הֶֽעָנִי֙ עִמָּ֔ךְ לֹֽא־תִהְיֶ֥ה ל֖וֹ כְּנֹשֶׁ֑ה לֹֽא־תְשִׂימ֥וּן עָלָ֖יו נֶֽשֶׁךְ׃ mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0222.htm#24 Feb 2, 2019 at 20:42
  • @Kazibácsi ?? What's the relation to the question?
    – Al Berko
    Feb 2, 2019 at 21:42
  • @AlBerko He can sell himself because of poverty and avoid the sin of stealing. Feb 3, 2019 at 1:05
  • Someone has to be willing to buy him,and as you mentioned in another question, "who would want to acquire a master ".
    – sam
    Feb 3, 2019 at 4:52
  • @Al If you see your fellow Jews in such a dire financial situation, you should give a loan without interest and/or tzedakah Feb 3, 2019 at 6:47

1 Answer 1


God said not to steal. That stops most people.

Also, he can't be sold unless there's a willing buyer. Buyers seeing the added expense will presumably not buy him (or not at the same price as without the added expense).


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