Why did G-d create lust (i.e. boys and girls)?


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God created within all animals an urge to procreate. Without it, we would just end. (Sanhedrin 64a)


The Sanhedrin tried undoing it (Yoma 69b). It didn't work:

אמרו הואיל ועת רצון הוא נבעי רחמי איצרא דעבירה בעו רחמי ואמסר בידייהו אמר להו חזו דאי קטליתו ליה לההוא כליא עלמא חבשוהו תלתא יומי ובעו ביעתא בת יומא בכל ארץ ישראל ולא אשתכח אמרי היכי נעביד נקטליה כליא עלמא ניבעי רחמי אפלגא פלגא ברקיעא לא יהבי כחלינהו לעיניה ושבקוהו ואהני דלא מיגרי ביה לאיניש בקריבתה

After killing the Yetzer Hara for idolatry they tried killing the one for lust. The Yetzer Hara told them that they'll destroy the world by killing it so they held it in jail for three days. After three days they saw that there were no eggs (since all lost their attraction).

Since they couldn't kill it fully, and they couldn't kill only the bad side (attraction to women who aren't wives), they "blinded" the Yetzer, so people aren't attracted to family.

( my own, free translation )

  • That's the same gemara as my answer.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 6:44
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    @DoubleAA it is, but I think adding the quote is helpful. Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 16:01

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