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Number of Candles at Lighting

How many candles should one light on Erev Shabbos and Yom Tov? And why that number?
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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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Counting Sheloshim for a chol hamoed death

How long is the shloshim observed for a death which occurs during chol hamoed Pesach? Does one observe a full thirty days started from the funeral or is it shortened because of the chag?
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Tish'a Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-nine? ?תשעה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 299. Once ...
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Echad Ushloshim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred thirty-one? 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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Shemona Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-eight? ?שמונה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 298. I wash ...
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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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Why do we write the number 16 as tet + zayin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How could the numerals יה and יו be used irreverently? I understand that we write the number 15 as tet vav as opposed to yud hey to avoid writing the shem Hashem, but ...
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Some years have a siman, what does it mean?

I saw on a calendar that each year has a siman, for example 5772 has the siman 517. Here are the simanim for the next few years: 5773: 203 5774: 1523 5775: 517 5776: 1217 Does anyone know ...
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Sefiras Haomer Counting

When we count the Sefiras Haomer, why do we count up and not down?
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Shiv'a Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-seven? ?שבעה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 297. I'm ...
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Why isn't Half Hallel called “85 percent hallel”?

When we say hallel on days like Rosh chodesh, we don't say parts of two prakim of tehillim. This is often called "chatzi" hallel, or half hallel. In fact, according to ...
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“Motzi Matzah” or “Motzi and Matzah” (separately)? Passover Seder

In some haggadot, I have seen the numbers of sections as being 14, with Motzi Matzah being combined, and in other haggadot, I have seen 15 with them separated. What is the reason behind each side?
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Bedikas Chometz - 10 pieces of bread

In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 432:2 the Rama says that the Minhag is to place bread in such a place that the searcher can find it. Both the Be'er Hataiv and the Mishna Berura say that according to the ...
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When Israel and the diaspora are out of sync on parshiyot, why don't we take the first opportunity to re-align?

This year (5772) the seventh day of Pesach is on a Friday, so the diaspora has an 8th day of chag on Shabbat but Israel does not. The diaspora will thus read Sh'mini on April 21, Tazria-Metzora on ...
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Shisha Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-six? ?ששה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 296. Don't run ...
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Chamisha Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-five? ?חמישה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 295. If there ...
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Echad Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred one? 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 to ...
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Chamisha Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-five? 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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Chamisha Ushloshim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred thirty-five? 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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Arba'im Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred forty? 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 to ...
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Am I allowed to count people?

Where did the practice of not counting people come from? People count not-one, not-two, not-three etc. What is wrong with counting one, two, three etc? This is often found when counting to see if ...
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Seven Brochos at a Wedding

I just read What do I need to make a Jewish Wedding. Is there a requirement for seven different people to say each of the seven Brochos, or can one say all of them?
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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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Arba'a Vetish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety-four? ?ארבעה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 294. This is ...
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Chamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fifty? 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 to ...
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How many T'fachim make up an Ama?

Is it possible to convert between Torah measurements? Specifically, T'fachim & Amot, (cubits) so I can figure out the size of the luchot (tablets) within the Aron Hakodesh (ark). (The Luchot are ...
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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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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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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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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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Number of days of Creation

How many days of "Creation" where there? If the answer is 7, then why is shabbos considered a day of Creation?
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What is the greatest number of pages (daf) you can go in the Babylonian Talmud without encountering Abayei or Rava?

What is the greatest number of pages (daf) you can go in the Babylonian Talmud without encountering Abayei or Rava? I've heard it was 3?
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Number of Fruit on Tu B'Shvat

Is there a specific number of fruit that you are supposed to eat on Tu B'Shvat?
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A natural explanation for the significance of the numbers 7 and 40

In the Jewish religious texts the numbers 7 and 40 seem to appear quite often and carry special significance. Some examples among many: God's creation lasts 7 days The Great Flood was from rain ...
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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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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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Tish'a Ushmonim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred eighty-nine? 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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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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Shelosha Vetish'im Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred ninety-three? 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...