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.


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON TZAV AND PESACH:

View Complete List

The Sound of Silence
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Divine Worship
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Ordered Freedom
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5775

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

"HaKol B'Seder!"
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Who Knows One?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Bringing Close
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Ashes - Separation and Removal
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

A Well-Red Parshah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Thanks for What?
Shlomo Katz - 5762

> You Want Me to Kill an Innocent Animal?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The Great Shabat
- 5773

The Servants of G-d
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

ArtScroll

Father-on-Loan
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Ordering Priorities
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Would it Have Sufficed?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Gratitude Unlimited
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769



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