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The 500 men killed in Shushan, and the 500 Jews who killed Amaleki

Is there a source to connect (mystically, or otherwise) those enemies of the Jews (presumably Amaleki) killed in Megillas Esther 9:12 with the 500 men from the tribe of Shimon who killed out the ...
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Commentaries not noting clear issues in the Torah

Stemming from this question about the seeming discrepancy between the number of people and the number of first-borns as counted in the beginning of Numbers: I noticed this problem in my first reading ...
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Shelosha Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-three? ?שלושה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 293. For the ...
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Shnayim Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-two? ?שנים ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 292. You may ...
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Why the custom to switch around negative-sounding numbers, such as שד?

Often in sefarim we find that if the number of the siman spells out something negative, such as siman 304 which has a letter value of שד, we switch it around so it no longer reads as a "bad" word. ...
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Is there a set of “base”(factor?) midrashic numbers and what are they?

I've always wanted to do an analyses of the Torah based on the numbers given and their midrashic meanings. Specifically, I'm looking for "base" numbers: that is, which are meaningful inherently, not ...
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Echad Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-one? ?אחד ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 291. I'll bet you ...
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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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Tish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety? ?תשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 290. Don't spend too much ...
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The number of Challot on Shabbat and salt

If my understanding is correct we use two Challot on Shabbat to represent the two portions of mana the Jews received in the desert of Friday to prevent them from having to collect on Shabbat. We use ...
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Tish'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-nine? ?תשעה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number ...
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Why do some people wrap their Tefilin around their arms 8 times?

I have seen people who wrap the Tefilin 7 times around their arm and some that wrap it 8 times around their arm. Why do the people who wrap it 8 times do so?
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Shmita and Joseph's Dreams

Shmita is every 7 years and we leave the land unused. In Egypt there were 7 years of feast, then 7 years of famine. As leaving the land unused could be considered famine like conditions, are there any ...
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Shemona Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-eight? ?שמונה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 288. This ...
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Rambam Tzitzith: 7 or 13 chulyoth?

The Gemara says you have to tie no fewer than 7 chulyos and no more than 13. According to most shitas, 13 is the ideal. My question is, according to the Rambam, can you do whatever you want - 7 or 13? ...
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Shiv'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-seven? ?שבעה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 287. There ...
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Shisha Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-six? ?ששה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 286. In casting ...
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Chamisha Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-five? ?חמישה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 285. The best ...
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Arba'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-four? ?ארבעה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 284. I don't ...
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Tzitzit tying: the real way

1)There are two authentic ways to tie the Sisit (Tzitzis) that have sources. Maran writes to make 7-9-11-13. First question: why does he write this is he then says Gimtarya Hashem is One, when in fact ...
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Shelosha Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-three? ?שלושה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 283. Poppies ...
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Shnayim Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-two? ?שנים ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 282. I think ...
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Echad Ushmonim Umataym - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-one? ?אחד ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 281. The lazy ...
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Can someone have more than one potential soulmate simultaneously?

I have been told from several different people that it is possible for one person to have multiple Besherts (divinely intended marriage partners, soulmates if you will) to choose from. He may only ...
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Shemonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty? ?שמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 280. I'm feeling bullish ...
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Tish'a Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-nine? ?תשעה ושבעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 279. The prime ...
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Shemona Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-eight? ?שמנה ושבעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 278. The only ...
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Shiv'a Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-seven? ?שבעה ושבעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 277. I see no ...
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Shisha Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-six? ?ששה ושבעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 276. Lazy ...
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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 ...
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Chamisha Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-five? ?חמישה ושבעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 275. Check ...
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How did Avrohom learn that nine doesn't work?

The Midrash says (Bereshis Rabbah 49:13 quoted in Rashi Genesis 18:32) that Abraham stopped asking HaShem to save Sodom in the merit of less than 10 people because Noah and his family who were 8 ...
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Arba'a Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-four? In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 274. Check out mi-yodeya-series for the ...
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How could the numerals יה and יו be used irreverently?

I was told that in the sequence of numerals with Hebrew letters, the numbers 15 and 16 are rendered with טו and טז instead of יה and יו to prevent the tetragrammaton from being formed irreverently. ...
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Shelosha Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some undetermined point in the future, at least a day from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant ...
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Is there a list of Mitzvot and their corresponding body parts?

The Talmud (Makkot 23B)and the Zohar (1:170B - unverified English translation here) say that the 248 positive commandments correspond to the 248 limbs of the human body. (The Mishna (Ohalot 1:8) lists ...
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Did 1 million Ethiopians really attack Israel?

2 Chronicles 14:8 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. How could the Ethiopians have an army ...
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Shnayim Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some undetermined point in the future, at least a day from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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Echad Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some undetermined point in the future, at least a day from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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Saying 100 Berachoth in a day

What is the source for the idea that one should say 100 Berachoth in a day, and how serious of an obligation is this? Is it mandatory, is it laudatory, or is it merely a nice idea?
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Does being Yotzei a Bracha count for 100?

There are many brachos where by listening to the bracha one can be yotzei his obligation for that bracha. If someone does do so, does that bracha count towards the quota of 100 brochos a day?
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When does counting 100 Brochos per day start and end?

There's a Halacha/Mitzvah to say at-least 100 Brochos a day. My question is: what does the term "day" mean in this regard. Does a day start at night, and end the following night (as is the case in ...
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Shiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point between twenty-four hours and a few days from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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Why when washing for bread do we splash twice?

Is there any particular reason the procedure for washing hands for bread includes pouring the water twice on each hand? Isn't once enough?
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Tish'a Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred sixty-nine? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point between twenty-four hours and a few days from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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When saying the Mi SheBerach prayer for a sick amputee, do you say “for his 248 limbs”?

The standard text of the Mi She-Berach prayer for the sick asks that G-d send healing "to his 248 limbs and 365 sinews." What if someone, G-d forbid, lost a foot a few years ago; and now prayers are ...
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Shemona Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred sixty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point between twenty-four hours and a few days from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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Shiv'a Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred sixty-seven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point between twenty-four hours and a few days from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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why 3 of punishment, 7 of consolation, 2 of repentance

As is well known (e.g. from Tosafos to M'gila 31:2 or from Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 428:8), we have three haftaros of punishment, followed by seven of consolation and then two of return ...
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Halachic significance of the plurality of Jews living in Israel

I once heard that if Israel has the largest Jewish population, it has a significant effect on certain Halachot. What are the criteria for this, and what halachot are affected? (Shmita is the one most ...