(c) 2000 Dr Hendel; 1st appeared in Torah Forum (c) Project Genesis
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 23:53:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: Russell Hendel <  rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu>
Subject: Re: Go Forth And Multiply

QUESTION: Why are women exempt from the commandment of reproducing?

ANSWER: The point is that women are free from military service (in Biblical
armies). This fact is used as follows: Gen 1:28 ..and God said be fruitful
and multiply fill the land and conquer it.  The sages observe "just as
CONQUER IT was addressed to the men (because women are free from military
service" so to the rest of the verse (FRUITFUL MULTIPLY FILL) is addressed
to men

Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; Rhendel@Towson.Edu;
Moderator Rashi is Simple; http://www.shamash.org/rashi