According to Rabenu Yona (Sharei Teshuvah 3 9) that the reward for not doing an avairah is having done the mitzvah of Yiras Shomiam, why isn't every עשה דוחה לא תעשה, truly an עשה דוחה לא תעשה ועשה? I know that the Seforim ask the question, but cannot remember which ones

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    Huh? I'm not following.
    – Seth J
    Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 4:53
  • @SethJ He's saying that in every Lo Saasei there is a hidden Asei. Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 6:01
  • I still don't understand why this is a question. "Asei Doche Lo Saasei" says that if the Torah commands to do one thing and also not to do it, you must do it. Why would the Rabeinu Yona create a difficulty on that?
    – user3318
    Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 7:39
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    Did you mean "why isn't every..."?
    – Fred
    Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 22:24
  • @rabbi I have seen a similar discussion to this in Tanya, I think, where it is elucidated that the energy spent avoiding a transgression is somehow calculated as its own mitzvas aseh
    – SAH
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 19:02

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You don't automatically fulfill yir'as HaShem for every sin you are not doing. As is strongly and repeatedly implied in your cited passage from Sha'arei T'shuva, yir'as HaShem is an obligation on a person to avoid doing a sin when he would otherwise be tempted and have the opportunity to do it. As such, yir'as HaShem is not an עשה intrinsic to every לא תעשה.

  • but regarding having to transgress the lo saseh - as in every aseh docheh lo saseh - besides for the lo saseh being reason not to to the act, the mitzvh of yiras shomain should be another reason not to do it.
    – rabbi
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 0:24

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