Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Who knows forty-seven?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 5 down vote accepted

47 are the prohibitory mitzvos in the Torah portion of Ki Teitzei (according to the Chinuch's listing) - the most in any one portion.

47 are also the positive mitzvos in the Rambam's Sefer Ha'Avodah (dealing with the laws of the Temple) - again, the most in any one book of his Mishneh Torah.

share|improve this answer

Automatic Kalishnikov rifle, model 1947, also known as AK-47

Arguably responsible for more Jewish deaths than any weapon since WWII.

I know, that is a pretty depressing answer. I encourage everyone to down-vote it!

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.