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In בכורות דף מז, there is a dispute as to whether someone who had children and then converted had fulfilled the mitzvah of פרו ורבו, the commandment for Jews to have children. R' Yochanan says he has, for there is a commandment for even gentiles to have children, as the Torah says לשבת יצרה, mankind was created to multiply. Resh lakish argued because a ...


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A clarification of my post before. A number of Rishonim (Ramban, Yad Rama and more) understand Olam HaBa existence to be a perfect physical and spiritual existence in this world (after Techiyat HaMeitim), not a purely spiritual one as the Rambam explains it. As such, when the Torah in Parshat Bechukotai says that the reward for the Jewish people keeping ...


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Well, according to many Rishonim (e.g. Ramban, Yad Rama) and Acharonim (Ramchal), Olam HaBa is not Olam HaNeshamot, but rather is the world after Techiyat HaMeitim, when the physical and spiritual worlds will coincide harmoniously with each other, to become a new Gan Eden. Thus, it would appear that the reward for keeping the Torah in Parashat Bechukotai can ...


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I assume that the term, "reward" connotes enjoyment. We are rewarded for our mitzvoth, but we should expect to receive that reward in Olam Haba, not now. (Yes, many mitzvoth are rewarded in Olam Hazeh, but, Pirkei Avot, among other places, states that the expectation of the reward should not be the only reason to perform or discard a mitzvah.) One source ...


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true we have desires for food, vacations, etc. but that is not the innermost desire of our essence. a human being is composed of layers of beings, from a gorilla (nefesh behemit) to a holy soul. these other desires are from outer parts of our being. The Mekubal Rabbi Yaakov Adas writes regarding this innermost aspect of his being: the most powerful, ...



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