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It seems to have been written in Tzofenat Pa'aneach by Rabbi Yosef de Trani, AKA the Maharit (not the one by Rabbi Yosef Ruzin), in his drush on Ruth Rabbati (emphasis mine): "או תמצי לומר שכבר נכנסה בברית מתחילה: ועוד יש לפרש, "ישלם ה' פעלך" בעולם הזה "ותהי משכורתך שלמה" בעולם הבא, דגמילות חסדים אדם אוכל משכרה בעולם הזה והקרן קיימת ...


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According to Halacha, it is a positive commandment and would be subject to the rules of forcing someone to fulfill their obligation, like by most positive commandments. The Shulchan Aruch at the start of Even Haezer states the following of one who wants to practice celibacy: חייב כל אדם לישא אשה כדי לפרות ולרבות וכל מי שאינו עוסק בפריה ורביה כאלו שופך דמים ...


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There are a couple of points that are noteworthy about Leah and make her resultantly stand out: 1) Her Gratitude One major praise of Leah is the fact that she showed her hakaras hatov (her gratitude) for when she had more than her "allotted" number of children. The pasuk in Bereishis 29:35 writes: וַתַּ֨הַר ע֜וֹד וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֗ן וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ ...


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