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Does everybody steal?

In Baba Batra 165a : אמר רב יהודה אמר רב רוב בגזל ומיעוט בעריות והכל בלשון הרע Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: The majority of people succumb to sin with regard to robbery, and a minority of people ...
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Stealing cigarettes

The Peirush "Shiurei Bracha" on Yoreh Deah 241 (brings a Zohar) that asks why our mother Rachel did not merit to enjoy many stages of parenthood? The answer is that she caused her father pain by ...
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A female thief is not sold to make restitution -- so what happens instead?

It would seem from the Rambam (Hil. Geneivah 3:12) that she bears the debt until she can afford to pay it off: הָאִישׁ נִמְכָּר בִּגְנֵבָתוֹ אֲבָל לֹא הָאִשָּׁה. וְדָבָר זֶה מִפִּי הַקַּבָּלָה. ...
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Does 'thou shalt not steal' refer to general theft or specifically to kidnapping?

"Don't steal" includes don't steal someone's soda. The "don't steal" commandment appears in both Exodus and Leviticus. Leviticus refers to property, as the next phrase is -- and don't lie or deny ...
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Is murder allowed for someone who is stealing?

Mishna Sanhedrin 8.6 [A thief] who comes through a tunnel [into one's house] is judged on the basis of his end. If he came through a tunnel and broke a jug: if he has blood-guilt, he is liable; if ...
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Is there a formal prohibition of stealing time from someone?

I have personally heard from Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlit"a that the term "גזל זמן" (stealing time) [and גזל שינה - stealing sleep] is a halachic misnomer, because stealing time [or sleep] is not ...
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"Karka Einah Nigzeles" (land can't be stolen) - really?

The gemara in Bava Kamma 117b brings a machlokes between R' Elazar and the Sages. If someone steals (gozel) a field, what happens if the field is then flooded? R' Elazar holds that the thief must ...
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How Could Adam Harishon Have "Stolen" from Anyone?

Beautiful question! In fact, Rav Schwab asks it in his sefer in Chumash! As Yisroel Reisman writes, "Rav Schwab (in Mayan Beis Hashoeva page # 242) explains, when we say not to bring a Korban that is ...
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What type of theft does Lo Signov refer to?

Rashi and Ramban hold (citing Rabbi Yoshiyah in Sanhedrin 86a) that "lo tignov" in Shemot 20:13 means that one should not kidnap another person. Rashi's reasoning is that those who break the ...
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Stealing in the House of your parents?

The concept of stealing from one's parents does exist. We see it by Ben-Sorer, who only qualifies once he steals from his parents. (Sanhedrin Mishna 8:3 - אֵינוֹ נַעֲשֶׂה בֵן סוֹרֵר וּמוֹרֶה, עַד ...
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Questions on a story about Hillel

The second question is posed by the Ein Yakov, who writes the following: דאף שהיה ערב שבת, ועל פי רוב מתגבר הקרירות בערב שבת, ונתנו העולם סימן 'וקרקר כל בני שת' וגם תקופת טבת דרכו להיות גובר הקרירות, ...
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Stealing cigarettes

The Chida (Birchei Yosef on Yoreh Deah 240:15) writes, in the name of Rav Yaakov Molcho, that if your father is ill and he demands that you feed him something that would be dangerous for him (סכנה), ...
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Going to a Shiur without paying tuition

If the entrance is not free, it seems from the Gemara that you cannot enter. A similar case is cited in Gemara Yoma 35b. Yoma 35b: אמרו עליו על הלל הזקן שבכל יום ויום היה עושה ומשתכר בטרעפיק חציו ...
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What type of theft does Lo Signov refer to?

Aside from the Seporno mentioned by Ezra, there a few other rishonim who also include monetary theft in Lo Signov. R. Saadia Gaon writes: לא תגנב לא תסרק R. Avraham Ben Harambam writes: פשטיה ...
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Gezel in Rabbinical regulations

There are many rabbinic enactments/prohibitions related to monetary matters. Here is a sampling from the Rambam (translations from Chabad.org): Gezelah 6:7 דברים הרבה אסרו חכמים משום גזל; והעובר ...
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Is not returning equipment to non-Jews considered theft?

In your case of a non-Jew giving someone equipment for a job, that equipment was always the property of the non-Jew. It was never lost. Keeping it against the owner's will is theft. The fact that the ...
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Is it allowed to copy seforim pdfs?

It depends whether or not the sefer is copyrighted and/or if the author prohibits copying. Some seforim writers want maximum publicity and reach for their Torah, and would be happy for others to print ...
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Source for a story about stealing and teaching of Torah

I think you are referring to the following from Sanhedrin 91b (translation artscroll) אמר רב יהודה אמר רב כל המונע הלכה מפי תלמיד כאילו גוזלו מנחלת אבותיו שנאמר (דברים לג, ד) תורה צוה לנו משה ...
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"Cheating" on a test

When I was in Yeshiva, a world renowned Posek* had a Q&A session with us, and the question came up regarding if you know that a teacher takes test questions from some online question bank if you'...
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Taking old hardware from a corporation

Rambam Hilchot Gneivah 1:2 אָסוּר לִגְנֹב כָּל שֶׁהוּא דִּין תּוֹרָה. וְאָסוּר לִגְנֹב דֶּרֶךְ שְׂחוֹק אוֹ לִגְנֹב עַל מְנָת לְהַחְזִיר אוֹ עַל מְנָת לְשַׁלֵּם הַכּל אָסוּר שֶׁלֹּא יַרְגִּיל עַצְמוֹ ...
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Stealing an idol-worshipper's only food to save yourself

Absolutely not. The Halacha is that one may not throw a non-Jew, even an idolater, into a pit, where he will eventually die (Avodah Zarah 26a, Shulchan Aruch YD 158:1, Tur YD 158, Rambam, Hilchos ...
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On making restitution for stolen objects

As Rashi explains (Gittin 55a), this halacha only applies in a specific case of great financial loss to the thief, where returning the actual item would require him to destroy an entire structure, so ...
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Should we accept donations of tainted money?

R Shimon Taub in The laws of tzedakah and maaser addresses your first question If a Jew who deliberately transgresses major mitzvot (e.g., Shabbos) wants to give tzedakah to poor people, one may ...
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What halachic issues are involved in using a recruiter to poach a currently employed employee?

It seems to be allowed, under circumstances. The following information can be found in great detail in the Sefer: Headlines Halachic Debates Of Current Events: Poaching Employees from Rival Companies ...
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Is a parent allowed to take items from children over bar/bat mitzvah age but under their jurisdiction

It seems from the gemara in Bava Metzia 12b, and the Shulchan Aruch CM 270:2 that, whether the son/daughter is a gadol (13/12) or a katan, if they are being supported, their things belong to the ...
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If one steals but can’t give it back or to the heirs who should be give it?

In such a case the Shulchan Aruch (CM 366:2) writes For shepherds, tax collectors, and customs collectors, repentance is difficult, because they robbed the masses and do not know to whom to make ...
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Can you do an Aveira when someone is taking away all of your money, and what do poskim say on the matter

The halacha is one must give up all his money not to do an aveirah. (Obviously this assumes no other workaround or option.) As a general rule, when we say one thing is "like" another thing, ...
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May I eat some of the stores food before I purchase it?

Good question as many are not aware of the Halacha. It depends on the owner's opinion. The source is Shulchan Aruch (Yo"D 359). So, if it is supermarket policy that it is allowed, you can, otherwise ...
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Trespassers from a Halachic Perspective

I took a class earlier this year that addressed your question and related topics. Here's what I learned. The following sources are from a class at Kulam Pittsburgh taught by R' Will Friedman from ...
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