Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Geneivas Daas 1

This week we begin a new series on the prohibition known as geneivas daas, which is literally translated as stealing one’s mind. It refers to various forms of deceit where a person feels that someone else is doing them some kind of favor when in truth they are not. We will discuss the many details of this prohibition in the coming weeks.

The source of this prohibition is the Gemara in Chullin, 94a. The Gemara states; “Shmuel says, it is forbidden to deceive (gonev daas) people, even non-Jews. From there, the Gemara learns that it is forbidden to send to a non-Jew a thigh (yerech) of an animal with its gid hanasheh… This is because the non-Jew will think that the Jew sent him a kosher thigh (from which the forbidden gid was removed) but in truth that is not the case. The Gemara brings another example of geneivat daat in the story involving Shmuel and his servant . A non-Jew helped them pass over a bridge, and the shamash paid the non-Jew with a treif chicken. Shmuel was angry with the shamash, because the non-Jew would think that the shamash gave him a kosher chicken, and in this way the shamash was deceiving the non-Jew.

In the following weeks we will discuss the various opinions amongst the authorities as to the exact nature of this prohibition.


 

Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at rabbiygefen.blogspot.com.

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at Gefen123@smile.net.il or 00972 52 761 9935.


 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

In the Footsteps of G-d
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Bikurim: Cultivating Our Connoisseurship
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Tapping Into Our Meritorious Pedigree
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Soldiers in G-d's Army
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

It's a Mitzvah to Be Happy
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Those are the Questions?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

ArtScroll

Gratitude, Jewish Style
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

And Straight Again!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Parshas Ki Savo
Shlomo Katz - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Fast of Gedalya
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Month of Elul: The Power of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

His Story
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

> G-d Never Forgets
Shlomo Katz - 5760

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

The Connection Between Amalek and the First Fruits
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

The Mystical Tug of the Shofar
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information