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 fifty-five?

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 3 down vote accepted

55 are the years that King Menashe of Judah ruled. (II Kings 21:1)

Correspondingly, 55 are the number of approaches he was able to use to explain the Book of Vayikra (Sanhedrin 103b).

An outstanding Torah scholar (see also ibid. 102b), he was nevertheless one of the most wicked Jewish kings (at least until he did teshuvah); according to the majority opinion (ibid. 90a), he lost his share in the World to Come for his actions.

share|improve this answer

55 days from the original shabbos hagadol (10 Nissan) until kabbalas haTorah (assuming 6 Sivan).

share|improve this answer

55 are the prophets of Israel (mentioned in Gemara Megilah 14a)

share|improve this answer

55 are the verses in Malachi.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

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.