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Six are the vowels in the Babylonian system of nikkud.

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How can there be a correct answer to this question? –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 4:51
    
@AdamMosheh: I don't know Isaac's exact criteria, but he always picks an accepted answer for each question in this series. –  Alex May 25 '12 at 16:01
    
@AdamMosheh AFAICT It's strongly related to number of upvotes. –  Double AA May 25 '12 at 18:11
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@AdamMosheh Alex and DoubleAA, I don't have exact criteria. I just pick the one I like best. Upvotes can sway me. Note that even in general "Accepted" doesn't mean "the correct answer." It means "most useful to the asker." –  Isaac Moses May 25 '12 at 21:21
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Six are the books of the Mishna Berura.

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And also the Baal Hatanya's Shulchan Aruch. –  Alex Mar 22 '10 at 18:13
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But that doesn't fit the song as nicely. :) –  Isaac Moses Mar 22 '10 at 19:11
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Six are the locations of the Sanctuary: the desert, Gilgal, Shiloh, Nov, Giveon, and Jerusalem.

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Six are the sons of Leah, our fore-mother.

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A couple that are related to this week's parsha:

  • Six are the types of asham offering (listed in Zevachim 5:5, which we recite in the daily prayers).

  • Six are the things that the Kohen has to have in mind while performing the sacrificial service (ibid. 4:6).

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Six are the tribes that stood on Har Gerezim. Six are the tribes that stood on Har Ebal.

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similar: six are the tribes on the left shoulder, six are the tribes on the right shoulder (of the Cohen Gadol of course) –  Jeremy Mar 23 '10 at 17:35
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  • 6 are the number of days each week you can work.
  • 6 are the number of years you can work the land before Shemita.
  • 6 are the number of years you can keep a Jewish slave.
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re: number of days- depends on the week. –  Baal Shemot Tovot May 25 '12 at 6:53
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six are the sides of a cube(it)

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<Pushes glasses up bridge of nose> Actually, it's "faces." –  Isaac Moses Mar 23 '10 at 17:46
    
8 vertices, 12 edges, then how many "sides"? does each face have two, making 12 total? –  Jeremy Mar 24 '10 at 14:15
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6 feet in 4 amot.

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According to whom? –  Yahu Mar 25 '10 at 23:42
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Points on a jewish star.

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or on a Sherrif's badge... –  Yahu Apr 1 '10 at 15:31
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The Jewish women in Egypt gave birth to 6 children at one time

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Shavuos is on 6 Sivan

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Only sometimes. (Granted it's probably a rov so far.) –  Double AA Sep 2 '12 at 5:32
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6th is the day on which Man (and animal) was made.

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Six are the cities of refuge (for accidental killers).

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Fits the beat!! –  Double AA May 15 '12 at 18:29
    
@DoubleAA I tried, yeah, but then had to add the parenthetical comment to make the minimum character count. :-) –  Monica Cellio May 15 '12 at 18:31
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Six are:

  • The orders of the Mishnah
  • Items on the Seder Plate
  • The days of the Six Day War
  • The things we remember every day:
    1. Exodus from Egypt (Deut. 16:3)
    2. Receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai (Deut. 4:9-10)
    3. Amalek (Deut. 25:17-19)
    4. The sin of the Golden Calf (Deut. 9:7)
    5. The Sabbath (Ex. 20:8)
    6. Miriam (Deut. 24:9)
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Ahhh the war lasted six days, that's right! –  Double AA May 15 '12 at 19:52
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@DoubleAA Yeah, I always forget that one! Btw, what day did the Yom Kippur War start? –  HodofHod May 15 '12 at 19:54
    
6 October 1973 IIRC which is also Egypt's Armed Forces Day. –  Double AA May 15 '12 at 19:54
    
@DoubleAA. Touche, Wikipedia, touche. –  HodofHod May 15 '12 at 19:57
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+1. "Items on the Seder Plate" according to some customs. –  msh210 May 24 '12 at 15:05
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Six are the millions of Jews who were murdered by Nazi Germany during WWII, HY"D.

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Holidays we say Hallel

  • Sukkos
  • Simchas Torah
  • Chanuka
  • Pesach
  • Shavuos
  • Rosh Chodesh
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Is Rosh Chodesh technically considered a holiday? –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 4:53
    
I guess I can rephrase. Events that we say Hallel. –  Shmuly May 25 '12 at 5:43
    
Some of those holidays qualify for Chatzi Hallel, and some for Complete Hallel. You might want to distinguish between the two. –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 5:52
    
Also, some of us say Hallel on Israeli Independence Day, as well as on Jerusalem Day... –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 5:52
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6 Constant Mitzvos

  1. To believe in God, and that he created all things.
  2. Not to believe in anything else other than God.
  3. To believe in God's Oneness.
  4. To fear God.
  5. To love God.
  6. Not to pursue the passions of your heart and stray after your eyes.
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Great answer, 24/7. –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 4:54
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6 Aliyos (portions read in the torah) on Yom Kipur

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+1, this is why Yom Kippur is different from all other holidays. –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 5:54
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@AdamMosheh I thought it was that we don't eat anything on yom kippur –  Baal Shemot Tovot May 25 '12 at 18:00
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Six are the ways Israel was rewarded for Avraham's service to the angels:

  1. Because Avraham called for the angels to be brought water, G-d repaid by providing water in the Midbar, in the Yishuv (settlement) and in the Messianic Age (e.g. "Spring water will flow out of Jerusalem (Zech. 14:8));

  2. Because Avraham offered the angels a chance to wash their feet, Israel was repaid in the Midbar, Yishuv and the Messianic Age, with "water" to cleanse our sins;

  3. Because Avraham invited the angels to recline beneath a tree, G-d spread out a cloud for shelter in the Midbar, succahs in Israel, and a tabernacle in the Messianic Age;

  4. Because Avraham fetched a morsel of bread, Israel was repaid with manah in the Midbar, crops in the Yishuv, and the promise of abundant grain in the Messianic Era;

  5. Because Avraham ran t the cattle, Israel was repaid with meat in the Midbar, abundant livestck in the Yishuv, and each man will have a heiffer and two sheep in the Messianic Era;

  6. And because Avraham stood over the angels, G-d attended our needs in the Midbar,leading us with the pillar of fire, listened to our prayers in the Yishuv, and will give us the Messiah.

Source Midrash Rabbah, Genesis, 48:10.

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6 are the days of chol hamo'ed Sukkos in Israel.

6 are the number of tefachim in a cubit.

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What kind of cubit? –  Double AA Jan 27 at 20:06
    
@DoubleAA I think it's referred to in the talmud without any special name and I will follow suit. Although you can call it benoni if you wish. –  YEZ Jan 27 at 20:10
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