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Why were the Jews punished for 40 years if the spies were the ones who were there for 40 days?

Rashi (Bemidbar 13:25) implies that the Jews were in the Sinai Desert for 40 years in response to the spies being in the Land of Israel for 40 days. While the spies had 40 days worth of planning to ...
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5answers
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Shisha Vachamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fifty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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12answers
143 views

Shnayim Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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Bamidbar: What makes Shimon different?

During krias haTorah, I noticed that while during the counting, most tribes were counted like this (taking Yehuda as an example): לבני יהודה תולדתם למשפחתם לבית אבותם במספר שמות מבן עשרים שנה ...
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1answer
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How was Moses able to speak to at least 600,000 people?

The book of Exodus says that Israelites had 600,000 men of fighting age. And often it has paragraphs like this: Exodus 35:4 (JPS): And Moses spoke unto all the congregation of the children of ...
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Is there a limit to the number of names you can give someone?

I have two Hebrew names. One of my sons has 3. Many people I know have 3; someone I called to the Torah had 4. At 3, people who have to address you often, (rebbes, teachers) seem to get confused. ...
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What happened to the bechorim (first-borns)?

In the begining of sefer bamidbar, the males between 20 and 60 are counted and it says that there are over 600,000 of them. Theoretically each, or most, of these people should have had a first-born ...
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3answers
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Shnayim Vachamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fifty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Why not count 50 days of the omer instead of 49?

The verse in Vayikra (23:16) says: עד ממחרת השבת השביעית תספרו חמישים יום even unto the morrow after the seventh week shall ye number fifty days (OJPS, emphasis added) In my experience the ...
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2answers
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The blessing for 600,000 Jews

The Gemara (Berakhot 58b) mentions that upon seeing 600,000 Jews one says the blessing "Baruch...Chacham HaRazim" (Who knows all secrets), and this is halacha (Sh.A. O.C. 224:5). Does any know of any ...
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1answer
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Why is the mitzvah to love the convert the one that is most often repeated in the Torah?

While I have no exact count, I read somewhere (don't recall if it was Ramba"m or similar source) that loving the convert is the one mitzvah that is repeated most often in the Torah. If this is true, ...
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4answers
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How many stars did Rashi think there were?

According to the Chabad translation, Rashi on Deut. 1:10 implies that there are more than 600,000 stars: The Lord, your God, has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as the stars of the ...
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Creation of State of Israel and birth of Abraham - 1948

According to the Jewish calendar, Abraham was born on the year 1948. The state of Israel was declared in 1948 according to the secular calendar. Is there any significance to this or is it just ...
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2answers
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Achad Asar Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred eleven? ?אחד עשר ושלוש מאות - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 311. Give up on ...
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5answers
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Shisha Veshiv'im Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred seventy-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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4answers
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Shemona Ushloshim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred thirty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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1answer
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Number of righteous necessary to save Sedom

Regarding the number of righteous necessary to save Sedom (Bereishis 18:23-33), Rashi and all the other commentaries I have seen (Kli Yakar, Seforno, Or Hachaim, others) explain the descending order ...
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why do the festivals of sukkot and pesach last seven days

What is the reason for the festivals of sukkot and pesach lasting seven days. Is there a significance/reason to the number seven here?
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1answer
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Giving a slave multiple wives

The posuk says I can provide my Jewish servant with a slavewoman to make me children-slaves. Can I give him multiple wives?
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1answer
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Will the mesiah build the 3rd temple?

Some sites claim that the messiah will build the 3rd temple. Another says that the next temple, will, obviously be the 3rd. However, Ezekiel simply envision an eternal temple. He never said it'll be ...
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Ehad Mi Yodea on the mishnayos

I have an idea to compile a song for the Passover Seder. It is based on the famous "Ehad Mi Yodea", but the answers to the question should be mishnayos mentioning the number. The intention is to make ...
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2answers
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amount of wood needed for the mizbeach (altar)

The Talmud (Yoma 39a) says that during the 40 years shimon hatzadik was high priest only two logs were added to the altar in the temple every day. Is this to be taken literally? Also, what was the ...
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1answer
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Why do we abbreviate the Jewish year to the hundreds column?

The current Jewish year is 5774 however it is popularly abbreviated as 774 - תשע״ד. I would like to know why this abbreviation was adopted. I realize that to write out the number 5,000 would require ...
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Chamisha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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420 Noachide Commandments?

I know there are seven specific commandments to noachides but recently I was talking to a Rabbi who told me actually noachides have 420 commandments and the Jewish nation has 613. Can anyone point me ...
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6answers
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Shelosha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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8answers
163 views

Echad Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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15answers
206 views

Arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point after Shabbat, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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7answers
66 views

Tish'a Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-nine? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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Were the there only 55 שמיטה years between the Exodus and the First Temple?

The sefer Sifsei Cohen (not to be confused with the commentary on the Shulchan Aruch) on VaYetzeh, Beraishis 28:13 writes the following: ואמר הארץ אשר אתה שוכב עליה לך אתננה...עוד אתננה אתן נה פי׳ ...
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Parshas Tzav - 96 Pesukim?

At the end of each Parsha many Chumashim have the number of Pesukim that are in that Parsha. By Parshas Tzav they all say 96 which is the Gematria of Tzav צו. However if counted there are 97 Pesukim. ...
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7answers
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Shiv'a Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-seven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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0answers
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Women having more than one set of earrings?

I've heard women can only have one earring (on each ear). Where is the source for this? I know some women who have earrings going up their ear, which is not that tznius, but is it against halacha?
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How large is a typical contemporary hagada commentary?

In a contemporary published hagada with commentary, how many total words does the commentary typically comprise? (For comparison, "Hagada - Mi Yodeya?", in its current form, weighs in at about 14,000 ...
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4answers
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Shnayim Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred fifty-two? 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 ...
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5answers
84 views

Shelosha Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
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Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism?

Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism? How about numeric variations and combinations such as 216? I know that 18 means 'life' due to Gematria calculations.
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Shnayim Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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5answers
90 views

Echad Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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9answers
194 views

Sheloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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Washing before Davening - 1 or 3 times?

One must wash before each tefilah (S"A 92:4, 233:2). Do you need to wash 3 times before davening, or is 1 time sufficient?
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1answer
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Taking 3 sips before gulping a drink?

Whats the source for taking 3 separate sips before gulping a drink down?
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1answer
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Shelosha Ve'esrim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred twenty-three? ?שלשה ועשרים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 323. ...
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12answers
130 views

Shemona - mi yodeya?

Who knows eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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10answers
139 views

Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number. (What, you ...
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7answers
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Shisha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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10answers
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Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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8answers
102 views

Shemona Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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How many pesukim appear multiple times in Tanach

How many pesukim appear multiple times in Tanach? I'm referring to pesukim which are exactly the same in multiple (at least two) places; for example, הודו לה׳ כי טוב כי לעולם חסדו. The cantillation ...
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How many of the 613 Mitzvos can we do only in Israel?

There are many Mitzvos we can not do in today's generation. For example there are no Korbonos, no slaves, etc. Per the Chofetz Chaim, there are 77 positive Mitzvos and 194 negative Mitzvos which can ...