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Ki Tetse

23:26 When you come [to work] in your neighbor's standing grain, you may take the ears with your hand. However, you may not lift the sickle [for your own benefit] in your neighbor's grain.
Ki tavo bekamat re'echa vekatafta melilot beyadecha vechermesh lo tanif al kamat re'echa.


to work
  (Sifri; Yerushalmi, Maasroth 2:4).

  Chermash in Hebrew; see Deuteronomy 16:9.

for your own benefit
  (Sefer HaMitzvoth, Negative 268; Yad, Sekhiruth 12:3). According to this, the commandment here prohibits the worker from stopping work in order to eat. Others say that it forbids him to make a full meal during his working time (Raavad ibid.).

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