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Kabbalah teaches that each soul must procreate.

Obligation of Procreation

Obligation of Procreation

Gate of Reincarnations: Chapter Eleven, Section 9

Obligation of Procreation
Kabbalah teaches that each soul must procreate.

The mitzvah of procreation has a special status and it is a category in itself.

The fifth category is one particular mitzvah, the mitzvah of procreation.

This is the mitzvah to father children, as it is written, "…Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28).

It is a mitzvah that a person is obligated to run after it to fulfill it, and he is also capable of fulfilling it.

It may happen that a person marries, but the couple does not succeed in giving birth to children. According to Benei Aharon, the judgment described here applies to that person because most men are capable of fathering children. It also applies to men whose children have all died and they do not have any other surviving progeny in the world.

On the other hand, someone who does not marry at all is not included within this category, but his fate is worse, according to the Benei Aharon. He cites proof from the explanation of the Talmud (Berachot 10a) on the verse "In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death, and Isaiah the son of Amotz came to him and said, 'Thus said the Lord… you will die, and not live.'" (Isaiah 38:1)

What have you to do with the secrets of G‑d? What you have been commanded, you need to do….

The Talmud asks the following question. If he said to him that "you will die", why does he also say that he will "not live"? It answers that Isaiah said to him, "you will die" in this world and you will "not live" in the next world.

Hezekiah asks why his punishment is so severe.

Isaiah answers that it is because Hezekiah never married and never fulfilled the mitzvah of procreation, and although Hezekiah foresaw that his children would turn out bad, it was no excuse. "What have you to do with the secrets of G‑d? What you have been commanded, you need to do, and G‑d will do what pleases Him."

This one has stringency beyond all the other mitzvot, as will be explained. Gilgul does not satisfy the deficiency of someone who dies without children, and he did not fulfill it [the mitzvah].

Gilgul of one sort or another, or even ibur, does satisfy the need of someone who dies while he is missing any of the other mitzvot, as it was taught in the last section. This is not the case for "someone who dies without children, and he did not fulfill it."

The repeated phrase, "and he did not fulfill it", seems to exclude those who fulfilled the mitzvah in a previous gilgul, as we learned concerning Ben Azai in Gate of Reincarnations 5:8.

The sparks of the soul of the one who dies without children will enter into the body of the second gilgul….

Concerning all the others that reincarnate because they are missing some mitzvah, each and every one of their bodies will arise and come back to life in the time of the Resurrection. The sparks of his soul that will enter within [each body at the time of Resurrection of the Dead] will correspond to the amount of mitzvot that were done in the lifetime of that body. However, the sparks of the soul of the one who dies without children will enter into the body of the second gilgul, and this is esoteric yibum.

In other words, the body will not gain any merit from any of the other mitzvot done in its lifetime. All the merit and rectified soul sparks will go to the body of the next gilgul.

Then he will fulfill the mitzvah of procreation. Concerning the first body that did not fulfill it, there will be nothing to enter into it except that first spirit that was left within his wife from their first intimate relationship when he married her.

There is a minor spirit that is transmitted from the man to the woman at the time of her first intimate relationship with her husband. This minor spirit is a derivation from the soul of the man. Some of its "adventures" have already been discussed in the introduction to Chapter Nine, in the subsection called "The Sabba Enters Into the Place of the 400 Questions." As we learned there also, at the time of Resurrection of the Dead it is only this minor spirit that is available to vitalize and enter the body of the person who did not fulfill the mitzvah of procreation. All the other soul sparks that may have been rectified in that gilgul go the body of the next gilgul that did fulfill the mitzvah.

[Commentary by Shabtai Teicher.]

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria […Ashkenazi ben Shlomo] (5294-5332 = 1534-1572 c.e.); Yahrtzeit (anniversary of death): 5th of Av. Buried in the Old Cemetery of Tzfat. Commonly known as the Ari, an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Yitzchak, the
G-dly Rabbi Isaac. No other master or sage ever had this extra letter Aleph, standing for Elohi [G-dly], prefaced to his name. This was a sign of what his contemporaries thought of him. Later generations, fearful that this appellation might be misunderstood, said that this Aleph stood for Ashkenazi, indicating that his family had originated in Germany, as indeed it had. But the original meaning is the correct one, and to this day among Kabbalists, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria is only referred to as Rabbenu HaAri, HaAri HaKadosh [the holy Ari] or Arizal [the Ari of blessed memory].
Yitzchok bar Chaim is the pseudonym of the translator, an American-born Jerusalem scholar who has studied and taught Kabbala for many years. He may be contacted through: He translated the Ari's work, "Shaar HaGilgulim;" his translation into English (but with much less extensive commentary than offered here). Information about his translation in book form may be obtained through
Rabbi Chaim Vital c. 5303-5380 (c. 1543-1620 CE), major disciple of R. Isaac (Yitzchak) Luria, and responsible for publication of most of his works.
Shabtai Teicher, a descendant of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Reshab, was born in Brooklyn in 1946 and settled in Jerusalem in 1970. He studied for over 7 years with one of the outstanding and renowned kabbalists of our generation, Rabbi Mordechai Attieh, and also studied deeply in various other fields of Jewish scholarship. He was a specialist in Lurianic Kabbala, edited and annotated the first eleven chapters of our English rendition of "Shaar HaGilgulim," and completed his manuscripts for "Zohar: Old Man in the Sea," in both Hebrew and English, shortly before his unfortunate passing in November 2009.
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B Martin Toronto via November 15, 2014

Obligation of Procreation It is my understanding that the vessel procreates as a mass form, and the soul does not merge with another soul to procreate itself. As for the resurrection of the dead, this does not occur, but rather the soul goes on to life after life in a reincarnated state whether still in the same soul body/sheath or fitted in with another soul to facilitate the learning process or projects as organized by the Supreme Creator or a sub-affliiate (although all actions are duly reported to the Supreme Creator). Reply

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