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May I eat some of the stores food before I purchase it?

There are times when I'm at the supermarket and I would like to drink one of the store's drinks before I purchase the drink. Or maybe I want to give my kids something in the store so that they stay ...
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How to determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective?

How do we determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective? The Rambam writes: If it is clear to the house-owner that the thief who breaks in will not kill him and instead is only ...
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Trespassers from a Halachic Perspective

Where is there a discussion where one can or can not injure or kill anybody who trespasses one's property?
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Lying to receive money

Is a ben Noah allowed to lie to a Christian in order to get money from him? Or is it considered as stealing ? Edit: I've got an answer from a rabbi, who said it's prohibited since it is like ...
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Property border trees and Peah

Are fruit trees used to demarcate the border between properties considered to be in peot hasadeh (corners of the field, see Vayikra 19:9 and 23:22, Masechet Peah)? If they are considered to be peot ...
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How does one resolve/repent from cheating on a test (exam)?

According to R' Moshe Feinstein as cited in this answer, cheating on a school test/examination can be considered theft from a future employer. E.g. if you get the degree by cheating on a math test, ...
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Double refund on a purchase

Take the following hypothetical scenario: I bought an item from a third-party retailer. The item was faulty, so I reached out to the manufacturer for a refund. The manufacturer didn't respond, so I ...
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buying on behalf of someone, and adding to the cost

If I offered as a favor to source an object for Yisroel, an object that is generally expensive, and I'll buy it for him at a cheaper price. However I found that I could buy it for a lot less , may I ...
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How Could Adam Harishon Have “Stolen” from Anyone?

On vayikra pasuk 1:2 rashi quotes vayikra rabba 2:7 saying that the Torah's choice of the word אדם teaches that just as Adam harishon didn't offer stolen sacrifices since everything belonged to him we ...
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Making a copy of a key

Say that someone borrows a key, and, while it is in his possession, gets a copy made of it. Has he violated any halachos? Does it make a difference how public/private the room is? Does it matter ...
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Is it allowed to fool adblock recognition mechanism [duplicate]

This is a continuation of Is ad-blocker software permissible? Nowadays more and more sites are detecting if someone uses ad blocking software . If they detect it, they don't serve the content of the ...
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Who's responsible when someone runs into the Mikvah upon my swipe

Many Mikvahs these days have a gate that opens upon swiping a pre-paid card. I've had many times where a person will stand there and wait for me to swipe and go in with me after I swipe my card. Do ...
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Stealing from big chain stores by accident

There are some big stores that have a policy of having someone check a person's receipt when they leave the store to make sure that it matches with what they have in their bags.They do this in order ...
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Stealing cigarettes

Say that Reuven smokes. Shimon knows that smoking causes lung cancer, and has tried everything he can think of to help Reuven stop. For that matter, he's gotten the other ten Shevatim, the Avos, and ...
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“Karka Einah Nigzeles” (land can't be stolen) - really?

Borrowing is just renting without paying for it. Since you can rent land, you should be able to borrow it. If you can borrow something, you can borrow it without permission. Borrowing without ...
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Can a stolen sefer Torah be used?

If a shul buys a sefer Torah that turns out to be stolen, what happens? May they continue using it? Are they yotzei on the readings they've performed in the past?
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What is the sin of the pious man in Bava Kamma 80a?

In http://halakhah.com/babakamma/babakamma_80.html Our Rabbis taught: There was once a certain pious person who suffered with his heart, and the doctors on being consulted said that there was ...
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Going to a Shiur without paying tuition

There are certain colleges out there that have a Torah learning component to them. For example: Gemara morning Seder 10am - 1pm, then Shiur is 1-2:30, then college classes. In a case where one isn't ...
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Wikileaks in Halacha

Could one make the argument that it is assur to read documents and other info made available through websites such as Wikileaks on the basis of it being assur to derive benefit from something that is ...
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Taking extra shopping bags from stores?

Many times I notice people taking extra bags in stores once they are done shopping. If these bags are not used to carry the items they bought but will be used for other reasons (to carry other items) ...
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Seemingly Hefker Esrog - used for the Mitzva

This past Erev Succos I arrived at a local synagogue that had a fellow selling Lulavim and Esrogim in their Simcha hall. The fellow left three Esrogim (not in the greatest condition - yet Kosher) on ...
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Stealing and photocopying

Shimon has in his vault a valuable document. Reuven knows everything there is on this document, but he wants a copy of it anyway. He's only going to use it for personal use, not to sell it. Being the ...
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can a parent confiscate his dependent child's property?

If a child is over bar mitzva and dependent on the parent, may the latter confiscate his child's possessions as a form of punishment or would this be considered damage/theft I am not asking on ...
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Daled v'Hei: Repeating a sin?

The fine of Daled v'Hei ("4 and 5") is awarded to a person who not only stole a sheep or cow (respectively), but also sold or shechted it (Shemos 21:37). Rava (BK 68a) explains that it's because he "...
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Taking Unclaimed Luggage From an Airport

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 76b says that one is not allowed to return a lost item to a non-Jew. The Gemara speaks very harshly of one who does this. The Rambam (Hilchos Gezeilah 11:3) codifies this ...
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“Cheating” on a test

Here's the case: It is possible to acquire a test given by a teacher the previous year. Said teacher gave the test back to the students, and a student passed it along to someone in the year below. It ...
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Source for a story about stealing and teaching of Torah

I once heard a reference to a story in the gemara about an amora who is saying a shiur and a certain person in the bais medrash calls the amora a ganiv (thief) because he can't follow the shiur so he ...
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Is watching videos online that were uploaded illegally counted as causing others to sin?

Some poskim hold that watching videos online that were uploaded illegally is not considered gezel, only if one himself uploaded the video it would be gezel. However, if someone watched the videos ...
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בא במחתרת,‎ לפקח עליו את הגל and חזקה שהורעה

A בא במחתרת (one who tunnels into someone else's domain) assuming he is not the father of the homeowner has a חזקה (status) of אין לו דמים ("has no blood" = can be killed by anyone). What happens ...
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If someone uses an unknown persons item and then loses it, is he required to replace it, or has the owner effectively “despaired”? [closed]

Supposed someone was out-of-town on vacation, and was at a house of study, and upon realizing he was missing a head covering, (most likely) saw one in a designated drawer (by name). If that person "...
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הבא במחתרת vs רודף

After learning the סוגיא of בא במחתרת I was filled with a bunch of questions regarding what is a בא במחתרת. The Gemara סנהדרין דף עב ע״ב seems to answer my question by telling us that the reason ...
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A bought or found stolen mitzva item

It's pretty well known that you can't fulfill a mitzvah with something that has been stolen. However, what if you buy or find something to fulfill a mitzvah that (unbeknownst to you) had been stolen ...
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Stolen Tefillin Fund

My tefillin have gone missing, as well as a tallit which had belonged to my grandfather ז”ל. At present, I still hope that they turn up, however I am trying to look into other options if chas veshalom ...
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Is someone stealing (halachically) if he re-uses a coupon code intended for single use?

A take-out place near me has a coupon code that gives you $10 off a minimum $15 order if you are a first-time registrant through "Seamless", a food ordering app. Technically, the code is supposed to ...
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Can you tell a client that he's being overcharged which might put the service provider out of business?

Are there any issues involved with telling a client that a service they are using is overpriced and that a competitor will give them a much cheaper option? Let's assume all the parties are Jewish (...
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Does one have to ask permission to take something that isn't theirs if they know the owner won't mind? [duplicate]

For example, if someone were to occasionally print out personal (not for work) things using the office's paper and ink and they know their boss wouldn't mind do they still have to ask their boss ...
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Is it permissible to peruse a sefer someone brought to shul without their knowledge?

This past yom tov a guy in my shul brought a bunch of English Jewish books to shul to keep himself busy during the delays and what not. When he was not around I noticed a bunch of guys picking up the ...
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Why isn't restitution for a goat mentioned in Shemot 21:37?

My Artscroll English Tanach, Shemot 21:37 goes like this: "If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep or goat, and slaughter it or sell it, he shall pay five cattle in place of the ox, and four sheep in ...
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Does one have to pay a non-Jew back double?

If someone stole from a non-Jew are they required to pay back double like to a Jew?
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What if the thief gets injured by what he has stolen?

A thief stole something which injured him. Is he liable for his own injury? Let's say it was a stolen gun. Would the man who loaded the gun bear any responsibility for the thief's injury?
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Is taking control of land by a Jew in Israel a sin if it was not controlled by him before?

According to Halacha, is it a sin for a Jew to take control over some land in Eretz Yisrael when this land was taken against the will of its previous controller (regardless of whether it was occupied ...
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Is taking disposable utensils considered stealing?

My friends and I are debating whether or not stockpiling disposable utensils from our university dining hall would be considered גזלה (eg taking 10 spoons at once to use for cereal in your own room). ...
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Reading sefer in seforim store

Can one go to a sefroim store with the intention of not buying a Sefer and look into a sefer and read some of its contents? Is it considered stealing?
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can one commit aveiros after he is dead?

A terminally ill man gives away all the $ from his bank account and then maxes out his credit card on gold bars which he gives to his friends. He correctly estimates that he will die before the ...
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Liability for stealing one shoe

Suppose Alice has a pair of shoes, worth $100. Bob steals one of the shoes and destroys it. Setting aside any special penalties, If Bob is caught and found liable, does he have to pay Alice back $50 ...
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Can one take “mistaken” hefker property?

A person placed a posting online that said, "I just had a tag sale, and all left-overs are on my lawn free to anyone that wants to take it. Help yourself!" Someone comes by, sees a large dresser on ...
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Can information be stolen without Dina DeMalchuta Dina? [duplicate]

As I know, theft means in the Torah always the stealing of a material thing. There is a big difference against stealing of information, for example, stealing software (which means, copying this ...
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Are you responsible for your client's/customer's representations of your contract?

A business has a Government contract where the Government pays for all lease expenses. This business wants to enter into a contract with a software developer to develop software, but to structure the ...
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Non-Jew : how to do teshuva for stealing?

I heard once that a Non-Jew had to pay back twice or three times the price of the object he stole to do teshuva. I can't find sources that confirm/infirm this. How can a Non-Jew do teshuva for having ...
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How does one rectify money fraud done earlier in his life?

If someone was not observant and was involved in fraudulent business deals (selling free ebooks on ebay, or claiming used items are new). Later in life, if this person became an Observant Jew what ...