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  • This is also the root of the word zera, semen, mentioned in Chapter 15.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • In addition, when Scripture tells of the incestuous act by the daughters of Lot, who say: “that we may preserve seed from our father” (Gen. 19: 34), it uses the word zera (“seed,” or “offspring” in a more general sense), and not “son,” since the intent of the Holy One, blessed be He, was related to the Messiah (Gen. Rabbah 51: 8).

    Lot's Daughters: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Again the characteristic mark ascribed to it in this verse is noteworthy: mazria 'zera', literally, seeding seed, therefore

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • It is there that the unique expression zera Elohim (literally, the seed of God) appears: “Because the Lord is a witness between you and the wife of your youth with whom you have broken faith, though she is your partner and covenanted spouse.

    Rashi.

  • It is clear from the terminology that in the case of the normal male the text is referring to semen, zera, while in the case of the female the discharge is blood, dam.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • And what does that One seek but godly folk [zera Elohim]?

    Rashi.

  • Many poskim forbid masturbation to obtain the semen sample as this is considered needless spilling of his seed (hashhatat zera), preferring instead post-coital semen collection from the woman (e.g. Rabbis Abraham Kook, Moses Feinstein and Eliezer Waldenberg).

    Reproductive Technology, New (NRT).

  • The refusal of Onan to perform levirate marriage with Tamar by practicing coitus interruptus (Genesis 38) was considered the basis for the prohibition against masturbation (hashhatat zera).

    Contraception.

  • Teraz obserwujemy, że wszechświat może rozszerzyć na zawsze, dopóki nie zamarza do zera bezwzględnego.

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  • The expression "seed" (zera ') is here used quite appropriately, because these creatures naturally come under the point of view of such from which all others are again to spring.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

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