Jealousy, Covetousness, Nonstealing...
By any name, envy is wrong in world religions.
Jewish texts explain that envy is not just wanting what one doesn't have. It includes these qualities: longing for another's possessions, discontent with one's possessions because one prefers those of another, and the appropriation of the property of another. (SeeJewishencyclopedia.com
. As Rabbi David Wolpewrites
, the Jewish High Holiday literature describes envy as "narrowness of vision," which includes being unable to recognize the success of others. Like the Jewishconcept of greed
, there are instances when envy can be good, as it can increase people's motivation to do better.