Thursday, February 17, 2011

The return of a stolen item


One who hears that a thief who stole from him has been caught should not recite the blessing for hearing good news; one does not recite the blessing until the stolen goods are returned, making the news more tangible.

(Mishneh Berurah 222:1)

Have a great day,


  1. Would this partially have to do with what may become of the thief? One should not celebrate the item so much as the return of the item? I suppose what I'm asking is somewhat difficult to convey. Perhaps a question might prove better. Would one ever recite a blessing over a thief who was caught stealing? This thief's life might be ruined now due to a series of circumstances out of their control, and one should be careful not to feel blessed while another is cursed. Hopefully this is clear enough to make some sort of sense.

  2. Hi Darryl,

    Thanks for your comment. My sense from the sources is that the joy which warrants a blessing should be restricted to joy for return of the property, and should not include joy at the thief's capture.