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Who knows two hundred fifty-three?

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(Weak answer.) There are 253 days before lag baomer in a leap year in which Kislev has but 29 days.

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judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8331 is better (IMO). –  msh210 Jun 17 '11 at 19:33
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There are 22 letters in the Aleph Bais.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 = 253

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Also producible by n(n+1)/2, in which n = highest number in the series. –  WAF Jun 12 '11 at 23:12
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והלכתא כוותיה דאביי ביע"ל קג"ם

253 = יע"ל קג"ם

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The word פלשתים appears 253 times in Tanach.

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(Very weak answer.) In the year רנ״ג לפ״ק, Columbus first reached America.

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Korach + Dasan + Avairam + 250 men = 253 -- Onn Ben Peles dropped out

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