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Our labors do not give us ownership of the natural world

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:06 am

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27

John Locke believed that the right to own property is inalienable. The influential philosopher (1632-1704) held that property is acquired through our labor: if we enclose a field, we own the field. If we mix our labor with an element of nature, we own that element, such that by chopping down a tree, we own the lumber or by harvesting grain, the wheat. Judaism does not agree.

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