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Who knows two hundred fifty?

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

  • Upvote all interesting and relevant answers.

  • Accept the what I think is the "best" answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

This one should require a little less digging, I think.

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  • According to R' Akiva, cited in the haggada, there were 250 plagues (or "plague components") during קריאת ים סוף.
  • Korach's "עדה" consisted of 250 men. (Bamidbar 16:2)
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There were 210+40=250 years from entering Egypt to entering Israel (or, to the tune, "two FIFty were the YEARS outside IS-RAEL").

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250 [shekel, I think] was the quantity of k'ne vosem in the shemen hamishcha (anointing oil). (Sh'mos 30:23.)

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Instead of weighing out 500 shekel of kin'mon-besem and putting some extra on to tip the scale, the kinmon-besem was weighed in 2 shifts of 250 so that there will be 2 extra "scale tipping portions".

This is why the Torah writes the recipe as "half of it is 250", to teach us that

a) the kinmon-besem gets 2 of those extras

and by induction

b) the measurements are not exact, you add a little more to all the measurements

(Rashi Ki Sisa 30:23 and Krisus 5a)

(Nontraditional translations assume only 250, half of the mar-dror)

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דברי הימים ב: ח. י. ואלה שרי הנציבים אשר למלך שלמה חמשים ומאתים הרדים בעם

יחזקאל: מח. יז. והיה מגרש לעיר צפונה חמשים ומאתים ונגבה חמשים ומאתים וקדימה חמשים ומאתים וימה חמשים ומאתים

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A man has 248 Aivorim and a lady has 252 Aivorim. Together that equals 500. We light 2 candles for Shabbos. Ner = 250. 2 x 250 = 500

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Is there a source for this connection? –  msh210 Jun 5 '11 at 20:57
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Ben Ish Chai, דרוש ד' לשבת כלה (second column of the page). –  Alex Jun 5 '11 at 23:12
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Thanks Alex - Did not remember source. –  Gershon Gold Jun 6 '11 at 16:50
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