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. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Who knows forty-four?

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
up vote 6 down vote accepted

44 Candles (or little oil capsules) in a box for Hannukah.

share|improve this answer
Including shamashes. – Shalom May 30 '10 at 14:54
that is why I was m'dayak on "in a box" as opposed to "for a week of lighting" – Jeremy May 30 '10 at 16:18
Checkmark for classic 44-ness. – Isaac Moses Jun 1 '10 at 4:43
these classic answers are getting harder to come by, for sure. – Jeremy Jun 1 '10 at 13:24

44 are the years (2884-2928) that the Mishkan stood in Giveon. (Zevachim 118b-119a; Yerushalmi, Megillah 1:12)

share|improve this answer

44 is גאם, the Greek letter gamma (Γ). Chazal use it often when describing a shape of two perpendicular lines. Such as:

  • The path taken through Israel by the spies (Rashi to Numbers 13:21)
  • Describing the shape of 2 sukkah walls (Rashi Sukah 7a s.v. shtai defanos)
  • Which barrels of wine in your cellar you need to check for Chametz, according to R' Yochanan (Pesachim 8b). Note that this one is 3-D.

Some instances have the spelling as just גם (which would have worked for yesterday), but it looks like the spelling with the aleph is more standard. Also works well as in modern Hebrew they call the letter gimmel-mem-aleph, but same Gematria.

share|improve this answer

44 days of rain in Jerusalem in an average year

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.