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Who knows eleven hundred two?

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

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

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What did you drink already? – Gershon Gold Mar 20 '11 at 2:28
Just getting into the spirit (no pun intended). – Isaac Moses Mar 20 '11 at 2:56
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Over the course of some leap years, there are precisely 1102 olim/aliyos (to the Torah).

  • In a בש״ז year (i.e., one that starts on Monday and in which Cheshvan has thirty days), people in Israel in an area that keeps Purim on the fourteenth of Adar who have five olim on the night of Sh'mini Atzeres (=Simchas Tora), eight on its day, and none on the afternoons of b'hab have a total of 1102 olim.
  • In a בח״ה year (i.e., one that starts on a Monday and in which Kislev has twenty-nine days), people outside of Israel in an area that keeps Purim on the fourteenth of Adar who have three olim on the night of Simchas Tora, eight on its day, and three on each afternoon of b'hab have a total of 1102 olim.
  • In a גכ״ז year (i.e., one that starts on a Tuesday and in which Cheshvan and Kislev, combined, have fifty-nine days), I can't think of a combination of customs that would yield 1102 olim.

I've only checked those three of the seven configurations of leap years (and have no plans to check the rest). I doubt that any non-leap year would have 1102 olim, but haven't checked.

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I don't usually change my mind on the checkmark for these, but I also don't usually go out of order with the numbers. Nice work! – Isaac Moses Apr 28 '11 at 13:58

Before the outbreak of World War II, there were 1,102 Jewish women to every 1,000 Jewish men in the Soviet Union....

Benjamin Pinkus, The Soviet Government and the Jews 1948–1967, page 27

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Sounds like a Shidduch crisis to me – Gershon Gold Mar 21 '11 at 14:49

2 days of Purim - Purim and Shushan Purim

100 Brachos we make each day

1000 times every mother tells her children "Enough nosh already"!

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