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Who knows eleven?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point after Pesach, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

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Eleven are the levels of divine inspiration (or prophecy) achievable by any Jew (under the prophecy level of Moshe which is not attainable by any other than Moshe) according to Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim.

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11 are the sidros in sefer shemos and devarim

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Not everyone agrees that Nitzavim and Vayelech are different Sidros. –  Double AA Jan 27 at 20:26
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@DoubleAA Not everyone agrees that they aren't. I noticed you weren't bothered with Alex's reference to 54 parshiyos (above in this thread) though. What is 12 + 11 + 10 + 10 + 10? –  YeZ Jan 27 at 20:37
    
54 isn't part of his answer. –  Double AA Jan 27 at 20:44
    
@DoubleAA I won't ask for the reasoning behind that system. –  YeZ Jan 27 at 20:46

There are 3 Hebrew words in Tanach that consist of 11 letters.

יחזקאל 20:44 - וכעלילותיכם,

יחזקאל 16:47 - וכתועבותיהן,

אסתר 9:3 - והאחשדרפנים

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Yosef dreamt that his 11 brothers will come and bow down to him

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Alright Gershon! You got my vote! –  Yahu Jan 30 '11 at 2:55
    
Hey - you made me work for it –  Gershon Gold Jan 30 '11 at 4:07

Eleven is the maximum number of consecutive days when the Torah can be read (outside of Eretz Yisrael):

If the first day of Sukkos falls on a Tuesday, then we have a reading on Monday (part of the regular weekly Torah portion), then the nine days of Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah, and then Thursday (back to the regular weekly portion).

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Eleven are the weekly Torah portions (out of 54) that don't begin with the letter vav.

Correspondingly, eleven are the chapters of the first part of Tanya (also out of 54) that don't begin with the letter vav.

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...are the ingredients of the Kitores, the incense offering.

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