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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word “Torah”?

According to some online sources, if you take every 50th letter of the first two books of the Torah, you'll end up with a repetition of the word "Torah". And the same applies but backwards for the 4th ...
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Where can one find a complete guide to Hebrew numerals?

I am looking for an instruction resource on Hebrew numerals that is comprehensive, insofar as it: lists all (or nearly all) of the euphemistic exceptions in frequent use (such as "chai" for 18, רחץ ...
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Questions regarding counting for Shemitta and Yovel

Leviticus 25:8 (Sefaria English translation): וְסָפַרְתָּ֣ לְךָ֗ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת שָׁנִ֔ים שֶׁ֥בַע שָׁנִ֖ים שֶׁ֣בַע פְּעָמִ֑ים וְהָי֣וּ לְךָ֗ יְמֵי֙ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת הַשָּׁנִ֔ים תֵּ֥שַׁע ...
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Number of sages in the Sanhedrin of Yavneh

According to Sanhedrin 1:6, the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem had either seventy or seventy-one sages. But according to Zevachim 1:3, Yadayim 3:5 and 4:2, there were seventy-two sages in Yavneh on the day ...
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Covenant between the pieces: dividing and keeping it whole

In the covenant between te pieces (ברית בין הבתרים) all the animals had to be cut into two parts, but the two birds (dove תר and pigeon גוזל) are refered to as literally one bird (ואת הצפר לא בתר) ...
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Where does the idea that 7 is the number of completeness come from?

I've heard often that the number 7, when seen in scripture, mean completeness or fullness in some way. I'm aware that the number 7 exists many times in scripture, but nowhere does it state or ...
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Why is pesach 7 days long [duplicate]

We are commanded to keep Pesach for 7 days in the Torah. I'm wondering if any reasons have been developed by anyone throughout Jewish history for why 7 days. In other words, what is the significance ...
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Meaning in the Tur's chapter numbers

I've heard that the chapter in Tur (and, consequently, Shulchan Aruch) that deals with the shofar is number 586, the gimatriya of "shofar". I've also heard that the chapter number (240) for tz'nius (...
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why only 2 matzos used for seder by the Vilna Gaon

Why did the Vilna Gaon only use 2 matzos for his seder? The Rif also did that-- why?
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Why do tefilin have so many mitzvot in itself?

I heard from someone and read through some books that the mitzvah of tefilin sum up to 8. While in general we know that every good deed or commandment we observe is a single mitzvah, why is tefilin ...
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The number 7,what is the number seven?

Seven days days in a week,7 years, 70 years. The number 7 seems to complete many things in history and in the calender. What is so important with the number 7? WHy is number 7? Why is so many things ...
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Parshat Shmini Building of the Mishkan “Vayehi” linked to “Vayehi” in Bereshit, is it linked to 7 days of creation?

Leviticus Chapter 9 ‏ א וַיְהִי, בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי, קָרָא מֹשֶׁה, לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו--וּלְזִקְנֵי, יִשְׂרָאֵל. ‏ 1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and ...
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Why there were exactly 10 plagues?

Why did G-d punish the Egyptians with exactly 10 plagues, not less, not more? What is the significance of 10?
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Where do we get the number for how many alyot in the torah reading?

We know that 7 people are called for reading torah at shabbat shakharit (and one for the maftir), but we find that the number drops down to 3 at minkha and again on weekdays (Monday & Thursday). ...
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Is the number 6 considered evil in Judaism?

I have heard from some sources that the number six is/can be construed as an evil number in Judaism, and as such, it should be avoided. Is there truth to this? If so, what is the reasoning behind ...
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What are the “four worlds” in Kabbalah?

A friend told me something about there being "four worlds" in Judaism. I think he was referencing something about Kabbalah (though I'm far from an expert at that). I was wondering: What are these "...
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Shemona Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty eight? שמונה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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Are there any sources that try to rectify the difference in letters in the Torah and refs to 600k letters?

There are references (I don't have them handy - please reference if you know) that say there are 600k letters in the Torah corresponding to all the Jews (at least in the desert) and that each Jew has ...
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What is the meaning of the saying “two Jews, three opinions?” [closed]

There is an old saying that goes something like "ask two Jews, you'll get three opinions." What is the meaning of it? More specifically, why the numbers two and three, as opposed to "ask two Jews, ...
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Where is the source for assigning a pasuk to each year since creation?

I remember having been told that there are those who assign each of the 5845 pesukim in the Torah to each year since creation. This is from memory as I have not found the reference yet. Would anyone ...
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176 verses in longest parasha, longest psalm and last page of longest Talmud tractate - what is the significance?

As was already noted before on MiYodeya, the longest parasha (Naso) has 176 verses the longest Psalm (119) has 176 verses the longest tractate of Talmud Bavli (Bava Batra) ends on daf 176 Is there ...
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How to understand the first selicho for Asoro B'Teves

I do not understand the first selicho (in the Rosenfeld edition, p 343) for Asoro B'Teves. The first line reads, “I remember the distress that befell me; three blows he inflicted on me this month.” ...
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Symbolism of the Number Three

When I was a Christian, leaders and missionaries were always talking about how Judaism uses the number three to represent God: the waving over the Shabbat candles three times, waiting for three stars ...
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Why two lambs to make a meal for Isaac?

In parshat Toldot Rivka asks Yaakov to get 2 kids for her to cook for Isaac. What can we learn from using two kids? Was it in the time of year when kids are first born and they were tiny? Was a ...
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When can (or can't) a word have two trops?

I sometimes see a single word having two trop marks, such as a munach followed by a zakef katan. Usually, of course, words have only one (or are joined to other words and share one, sometimes). This ...
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How is it that Abraham didn't ask that four save a city, yet four did so?

Rashi (Vayera 18:24 and passim) explains that S'dom was the most important of five cities in its neighborhood, and God was going to destroy all of them. First, though, He told Avraham of His intent to ...
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Shiv'a Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty seven? שבעה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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For a righteous man can fall seven times and rise - why seven?

Shelomo HaMelekh (King Solomon) famously wrote in Mishle'i 24:16 (Proverbs): כִּי שֶׁבַע יִפּוֹל צַדִּיק וָקָם וּרְשָׁעִים יִכָּשְׁלוּ בְרָעָה For a righteous man can fall seven times and ...
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What is the 108 word in the Tanakh

What is the 108 word in Genesis? I have tried to count the Hebrew text but I'm not sure. My name Lynette according to the aleph bet totals a sum of 108. I am trying to find the 108 word in Genesis so ...
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How many giraffes were on the ark

How many giraffes were on the ark? Basically, some hold that the giraffe is kosher, so there should be 14 (or 7, depending on the explanation of the verses) giraffes. On the other hand, most of the "...
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Echad Mi Yodeya - why does it stop at 13?

The song "Echod Mi Yodeya" traditionally sung at the Pesach Seder goes up to number 13. Why does this song not go higher or lower than 13?
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What is the source for the idea that doing some good thing 3 times constitutes a vow?

What is the source for the idea that doing some good thing 3 times constitutes a vow? I looked through Hilkhot Sevuot and Nedarim, and in the Entziklopedia Talmudit under Hazaka, and I could find no ...
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What are these marks with the numbers designating the Jewish years on this calendar?

I can see that the Hebrew is Elul 775 to Tishrei 776. What are those marks prior to the Hay and the Vav?
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Is there a connection between various 7 encirclings?

At a wedding the bride encircles the groom 7 times, during Sukkot we circumambulated the alter each day for 7 days, the city of Jericho was encircled for 7 days. Is there an explanation which ties ...
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Why dip the challah in salt?

I recently saw by a Friday night dinner that the challah bread was dipped in salt a few times. Is there a specific amount of times to dip it, and why dip it in the first place?
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What is the total amount and count of pesukim in the Torah?

After much research, both on Israeli websites (here) and other locations, I have yet to figure out what the total amount of pesukim there are in the Torah. I've even physically counted the pesukim in ...
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Should an unmarried woman light one or two Shabbat candles?

Should an unmarried woman light one or two Shabbat candles? I have seen both practices, but it seems that only little girls light one candle and that a grown-up woman lights two although she is not ...
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In Devarim 17:6, why does the Torah uses the term שְׁנַ֣יִם עֵדִ֗ים instead of שני עדים?

Deuteronomy 17:6: עַל־פִּ֣י ׀ שְׁנַ֣יִם עֵדִ֗ים א֛וֹ שְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה עֵדִ֖ים יוּמַ֣ת הַמֵּ֑ת לֹ֣א יוּמַ֔ת עַל־פִּ֖י עֵ֥ד אֶחָֽד׃ At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall the dead ...
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Why no ashrei in maariv?

Why no ashrei in maariv, despite its importance? Also, why in shacharit twice? (Perhaps these are related questions.)
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Why are there only 8 Martyrs in the Tisha b'av kinnos

The kinna on Tisha b'av says there are 10 Martyrs, but only 8 are named. In the Yom Kippur version, however, all 10 are mentioned. Why are 2 missing from Tisha b'av?
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Shisha Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty six? ששה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to be ...
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Chamisha Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty five? חמישה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to ...
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Arba'a Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty four? ארבעה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to ...
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Meaning and usage of different names for Sunday [duplicate]

At the end of davening, when we introduce the daily psalm, for Sunday, we use the term - יום ראשוז בשבת - The first day in the week. (I'm translating the word שבת as "week", here. It's a valid ...
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Source of 7 days or 3 days celebration for married couples

I read in the Art Scroll Ashkenaz siddur in the section about when to omit Tachanun, that one of the occurrences is when a new groom is present in the synagogue and he is considered a "groom" from the ...
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Shelosha Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty three? שלשה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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Ratio between gentile vs jewish persons for jews to consider

I am interested to know, according to written law, if there is something like a ratio or relativization to consider between people of the tribe and gentiles that a Jew is bound to. Is there's such a ...
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Which insects are not kosher?

In Vayikra (11:23) it says: But all winged swarming things, which have four feet, are a detestable thing unto you. On which Rashi (quoting the Sifra aka Toras Cohanim) says: Go and learn if there ...
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Why 2 candles for yom tov

For Shabos, there is a custom to light 2 candles: one for shamor and one for zachor. Shulchan aruch harav 263.1: ‏…אחד כנגד זכור ואחד כנגד שמור…‏ I understand that on ...
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Why different pesach:chagiga ratios depending on kohen status?

In King Yoshiahu's Pesach celebration (famous among diaspora Jews from the haftara of the second day of Pesach and among Israeli Jews because they know Nach), a good many animals were slaughtered. ...