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116. Why Did He Say that Mitzvot Do Not Require Intention

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“Mitzvot do not require intention,” and “a Mitzva’s reward is not in this world.” This means that one who says that Mitzvot do not require intention believes that a Mitzva’s reward is not in this world. An intention is the reason and the flavor in the Mitzva. And this is the real reward of the Mitzva.

If a person tastes the flavor of a Mitzva, and understands its reasoning, no greater reward is needed. Thus, if Mitzvot do not require intention, a Mitzva’s reward is not in this world anyway, since one does not feel any taste or any reason in the Mitzva.

It follows that if one is in a state where he hasn’t any intention, then one is in a state that the Mitzva’s reward is not in this world. Because the reward for a Mitzva is the taste and the reason, if one does not have that, one certainly has no reward for a Mitzva in this world.

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