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Question 3.49:
What is the first commandment in the Torah?


The first commandment in the Torah is Genesis 1:28, "be fruitful and multiply, fill the world and subdue it". There are no commandments in the first 27 verses, unless you include G-d "commanding" light to exist, etc... Maybe the commandment to the land to bring forth plants could be strethched qualify, if you ignore the land's lack of will, never mind free will.

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