The obligation to have children


The obligation to have children:[1]

Every person is obligated to marry a woman in order to have children.

The severity of one who does not have children: One who is not active in having children, is similar to having murdered. It also diminishes the “Dmus[2]” and causes the Shechinah to ascend from Israel.

[1] Michaber 1/1; Yevamos 63b

[2] This means to say that it is considered as if he diminishes Hasem’s image in this world, as it says man is “Tzelm Elokim” an image of G-d. [Yevamos ibid]

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