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Count It Or Not?

What do you say to a kind gentile who does you a favor?


Which brings us to our question:

The Gemara [R.H. 28a] says that if a shoteh eats matza on Pesach night and then becomes sane he must eat again because a mitzva performed when one is not obligated [such as when he is a shoteh] doesn't count.

However we also pasken like Rav Yochanan who says [Yevamos 62a] that if a person had children when he was a goy and then converted to Judaism, he has fulfilled his mitzva of having children. But WHY??? His mitzva was performed when he was a goy and not yet obligated in the mitzva of having children!?

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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