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Negative Commandment 265

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Negative Commandment 265 (Digest)
Plotting to Acquire a Coveted Item

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house"Exodus 20:14.

It is forbidden to devise plots in pursuit of acquiring a fellow's property or possession [that he is reluctant to part with. E.g., by harassing the owner of the item to sell it, or retaining friends to go and talk him into selling it].

One who does so and ends up acquiring the item, even if he pays much money for it, has transgressed this biblical prohibition.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
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In that generation the women repaired what the men broke down. The men gave their gold for the making of the Calf; the women refused. The men had been unwilling to enter the Land [in wake of the Spies' report]; the women [i.e., the daughters of Tzelafchad] petitioned to receive an inheritance in the Land
  –Midrash Rabbah (on Numbers 27:1)
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