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Never-married individuals
Within the Jewish commandments, one commandment (mitzvah) specifies that a Jewish man should produce Jewish offspring in the context of a proper Jewish marriage. Another Jewish commandment specifies how a Jewish man and a Jewish woman can contract with each other to make a proper Jewish marriage within Torah Law. A Jewish man who fails to do this has not fulfilled his obligation.

In contrast, a Jewish woman is not commanded that she must produce offspring. So marriage and childbearing are left up to her choice. But if she does enter into a proper Jewish marriage, she fulfills the Jewish mitzvah of marriage, and if she gives birth to children, she fulfills that Jewish mitzvah as well.

Another of the Jewish commandments stipulates that sexual relations outside of a proper Jewish marriage are forbidden for Jewish men and Jewish women.

Gentile men and women are not commanded that they must get married, either in terms of the secular or the Torah-law definition of marriage for Gentiles.

However, as Rabbi Weiner writes in "The Divine Code," 2nd edition, Part VI, topics 4:1-3,
Even though Gentiles are not commanded to 'be fruitful and multiply,' it is nevertheless G-d's will that every man who is able should marry a woman and have children from her, as He said to Adam and Hava (Eve): 'Be fruitful and multiply.' Likewise, G-d told Noah after the flood: 'And you, be fruitful and multiply; teem on the earth and multiply on it.'
A man should marry a woman, and she should be an established wife for him, as it says, 'Therefore a man should leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.' This is the means of establishing a society, which is accomplished through a man bonding with his wife and having children with her, as it says, 'The L-rd, Creator of the Heavens; He is the G-d, the One Who fashioned the earth ... He did not create it for emptiness; He fashioned it to be inhabited...' Thus it is G-d's will that people should settle the world. ...
**Nevertheless, even though it is fitting to be married and have children, Gentile women or men for whom marriage or having children would be very burdensome are not obligated to cause themselves distress in order to fulfill this obligation.

On the other hand, if Gentile men and women engage in casual licentious relations, instead of establishing a home together as bonded domestic partners (which at least minimally fulfills the condition for Noahide marriage), then their licentious actions bring harm and chaos to the society. (See "The Divine Code," p. 522.)

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Never-married individuals - by ann4992 - 09-21-2011, 09:56 AM
RE: never married individuals - by Director Michael - 09-22-2011, 12:38 PM
RE: never married individuals - by ann4992 - 09-23-2011, 01:39 AM

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