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Who knows two hundred forty-eight?

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Hashem examined each word of the Tora 248 times before putting it in the Tora (whatever that means), corresponding to the 248 evarim (bones or something) of a person (source), which in turn correspond to the 248 words of sh'ma (source) and mitzvos ase (positive commands).

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"248 evarim (bones or something)" - They are body parts (loosely defined). It's a mishna in Ahalos. – WAF Jun 1 '11 at 15:16
Yeah. It's usually translated "bones" (or "limbs"), but that's incorrect, so I put "bones or something". :-) – msh210 Jun 1 '11 at 15:20

אברהם = 248 and is mentioned 175 times in Tanach, which is the amount of years he lived.

248 = במדבר

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The last three words in Shema are repeated, so as to bring the number up to 248. see here.

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Number of sidereal months it takes for the moon to begin its draconic month at the same sidereal time corresponding to 248 positive commandments, while 365 days in a solar sidreal year correspond to the 365 negative commandments. (Source)

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Off-topic, but: The number of passengers aboard Air France flight 139, June 27, 1976, is given variously as 246 and 248.

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The verb עשה is used 248 times in connection with construction of the mishkan, from Sh'mos 25:8 through 39:43 (exclusive of 32:1 through 33:5, which are about the egel), according to Tol'dos Yitzchak (commentary of Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) to 39:43.

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