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Which is the first of all the commandments?

Mark 12:28
Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-4,47,51; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34

Legend has it that back in the time of Jesus, a young divinity student went to the second most famous Rabbi in Jerusalem with a problem. He tells him that the 667 Old Testament laws are too confusing for him. “Can’t you give me a summary of the law in the time that I can stand on one foot?” he asks. The Rabbi picks up a big stick and beats the young man with it before chasing him out of his study. The Rabbi considers the young man’s question an act of impertinence. He has spent his whole life studying and interpreting these hundreds of laws, and it is an insult to be asked to summarize them so briefly. So, the young man decides to visit the number one Rabbi in Jerusalem and asks him the same question. The Rabbi says, “Stand on one foot.” The young man obeys, and as he stands on one foot, the Rabbi says, “Do not do to anyone else…

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