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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.
Daily Quote
Seven things are hidden from man: the day of death, the day of the Redemption, the absolute truth in a judgment; also, no man knows how he will earn a livelihood, what is in his neighbor's heart, what a woman is bearing, and when the wicked will fall.
  –Midrash Rabbah
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