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Who knows two hundred ninety-three?

?שלושה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 293.

For the first time since I started checking, I think, I'm unable to come up with a lazy gematria for this one. This is not a pun.

Check out for the previous two hundred ninety-two entries in this ongoing series.

Please include sources for your information wherever possible, as with all other answers on this site.

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There are 14 possible Jewish calendar combinations. In a year where one of the following 4 combinations happen - בש"ה הכ"ז הש"א זח"א - there are 293 days that are not Shabbos or Yom Tov (Chutz L'Aretz) and you may do Melacha.

An explanation of what בש"ה הכ"ז הש"א זח"א mean.

  • The first letter is the day of the week that Rosh HaShana comes out on.

  • The second letter tells you whether Cheshvon and Kisleiv have both 29 days = (ח) for Chasair. If Cheshvon has 29 days and Kisleiv has 30 days then = (כ) for K'Sidran. If both Chesvan and Kisleiv have 30 days then = (ש) for Shlaima.

  • The third letter is the day of the week that Pesach comes out on.

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Usually ש is used for the middle letter in the third case, not מ (it stands for שלימה). So the first and third kevios would usually be expressed as בש"ה and הש"א, respectively. – Alex Feb 22 '12 at 17:11
Thanks for the correction. I will correct it. – Gershon Gold Feb 22 '12 at 17:19

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