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Negative Commandment 245

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Negative Commandment 245 (Digest)
Robbery

"Do not commit robbery"Leviticus 19:13.

It is forbidden to rob, i.e., to unlawfully appropriate another's possessions through use of brute force or coercion [as opposed to theft – a prohibition in its own right – that is accomplished stealthily].


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
There are four types of people: One who says, "What is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine" is a boor. One who says "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is yours" -- this is a median characteristic; others say that this is the character of a Sodomite. One who says, "What is mine is yours, and what is yours is yours" is a chassid (pious person). And one who says "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine" is wicked.
  –Ethics of the Fathers 5:10
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