In contrast to God’s supreme and eternal mastery of the universe, human dominance over our acquisitions is qualified, limited in time and restricted in scope… This recognition of absolute Divine ownership and of limited temporary human ownership is a basic principle in all social legislation of the Torah… Personal ownership is valid as long as it does not conflict with the welfare of society and with moral standards. [Edited for gender neutrality]
Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What is the principle of human ownership of land? Who is affected by land ownership, both positively and negatively?
2. How does the Torah regulate the effect that land ownership has on individuals?
Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)