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Mitzvah of the Day

Commandment 212 (Digest)
Reproduction

“Be fruitful and multiply”Genesis 1:28.

We are commanded to reproduce in order to perpetuate the human species. For this reason, a groom on the night of his wedding is exempt from the biblical obligation to recite the Shema, for his mind is presumably preoccupied with the impending mitzvah that he will perform.

This mitzvah is only mandatory for males.

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There are three schools of thought:

There are three schools of thought:

1. The discipline of nullification of the material by indicating the repulsive and abhorrent nature of all that is bodily and material. This is the school of Mussar.

2. The school of recognition of the superiority of the “inner form”1 and the spiritual – the dimension of character-traits and intellectuality2 – and instruction as to how one may come closer to attaining these. This is the school of Chakira, philosophy.

3. The discipline of predominance of form over matter. This school teaches the unique quality of the material when it is purified, and the unique quality of “form” when integrated with the material; the two are to be so thoroughly fused that one cannot detect where either of them begins or ends – for “Their beginning is wedged into their end, and their end into their beginning.”3The One G‑d created them both, and for one purpose – to reveal the light of Holiness of His hidden power. Only both of them together will complete the perfection desired by the Creator. This is the school of (the teachings/instruction of) Chassidus.4