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Who knows one hundred twenty-six?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will:

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Tehilim (Psalms) 126 is said prior to Birchas HaMazon on Shabbos and Yom Tov, and by the Chasidim also during the week.

7 x Chai 18 = 126

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126 is half the number of provinces in the world: Koresh should have ruled this many, but ruled 127 instead. (Source: Midrash Raba, quoted by Tora T'mima to Ester 1:1.)

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126 are the years of Miriam.

According to Seder Olam, the minimum # of years of the slavery was 86 years, equal to the years of Miriam who was named for the bitterness. Miriam died during the 40th year in the wilderness.

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And for something seasonal, the # of candles that 21 people will light on the 6th night of Chanuka :) –  YDK Nov 15 '10 at 22:34

Both Parshas Lech Lcha and Parshas Reaye have 126 Pesukim

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