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Who knows two hundred forty?

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

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Amalek and Safek both = 240 .....

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There is a source for this, but I don't recall what it is. Any idea? –  msh210 May 18 '11 at 20:30
    
The Chasidishe seforim talk about it. Do not remember which one. I will try to find it. –  Gershon Gold May 18 '11 at 20:37

Really stretching it, but...

In Gematria, 240 == אליהו הנביא אליהו הנביא (sung to the tune used during Seder Pesach...)

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There are many tunes used during the seder (and of course they vary from one person's seder to another's), but I can't think of any offhand that would fit the words Eliyahu hanavi Eliyahu hanavi specifically. Which are you thinking of? (-1, by the way, just because I dislike random gimatriyaos and always downvote them in the mi-yodeya-series.) –  msh210 May 15 '11 at 14:20
    
@msh210, umm, "Eliyahu Hanavi"...? Fair point about random gematriyot, though - I usually tend to agree with you, but these are just too much fun... –  AviD May 15 '11 at 18:12
    
Oh, I was unaware of a custom to sing "Eliyahu Hanavi" at the seder. It's not in any hagada I've seen AFAIR, FWIW. –  msh210 May 16 '11 at 2:04
    
Really? Yknow, when you open the door for שפוך חמתך...? Thought this was nearly universal, at least at Ashkenazi / American seders... –  AviD May 16 '11 at 6:40
    
Yes, really and truly. What hagada has it? Do you sing the whole song found in sidurim among the songs for m'lave malka? –  msh210 May 16 '11 at 6:59

There are mistakenly claimed to have been 240 cities and towns in the Galilee during Josephus's time.

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The Aseres Yemei Teshuva = 240 hours.

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When you consider that Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset and Yom Kippur ends at nightfall, it's actually around 241 hours... –  Alex May 15 '11 at 18:15
    
So answer that for 241 –  Gershon Gold May 15 '11 at 20:29

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