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Who knows four?

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On Rosh Chodesh we have four Aliyos to the Torah.

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There are 2 which are subdivided into FOUR ways to move something from a private domain to a public domain on Shabbos (Shabbos Mishna 1:1)

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There are four verses in Megillas Esther which the listeners read out loud.

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Four is number of angels, faces, wings and hands (on each angel) of Yechzkiel's vision

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Four is the lowest age of chinuch for standard mitzvos.

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Can you cite a source? – msh210 Aug 6 '12 at 22:51

Four are the number of ages at which Chazal recommend that one should get married, each one more optimal than the next:

Fourteen, Sixteen, Eighteen and Twenty.

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A citation would be great here. – Seth J Jan 5 at 15:31

4 exiles: בבל, פרס ומדי, יון. אדום.

These correspond to the letters of the word גשנה, which stands for גוף שכל נפש הכל.
גוף corresponds to גלות פרס ומדי.
שכל corresponds to גלות יון.
נפש corresponds to גלות בבל.
הכל corresponds to גלות אדום.

This is also connected to the 4 sides of the דריידל.

There are 4 sons of יבן (see 1 Chronicles 1:7 and Genesis 9:4)
There are 4 sons of חם (see 1 Chronicles 1:8 and Genesis 9:6)
There are 4 sons of ארם (see Genesis 9:23)
There are 4 sons of ראואל (see 1 Chronicles 1:37)
There are 4 sons of ראומה (see Genesis 22:24)

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