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Who knows two hundred ninety-six?

?ששה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 296.

Don't run after lazy gematria unless it's rock-solid.

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The timeline of the leaders of Chassidus and then of Chabad (beginning with the Baal Shem Tov and ending with the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe - an example is here) spans 296 years, from the Baal Shem Tov's birth in 5458 (1698) to the seventh Rebbe's passing in 5754 (1994).

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According to the statistics of 1898 there were 296 Jewish colonies [in Russia] (apart from those in Poland), comprising 305,407 acres.

—Israel Cohen, Jewish Life in Modern Times

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