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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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How long is this week's parasha as compared to others?

We read parashas Ekev today. My kid noted that it's listed as having 111 verses, and asked me whether that's a long parasha. I didn't know where it lies among the parashiyos, so I ask: Where do ...
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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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How did the Sanhedrin count votes

The Great Sanhedrin was too large (71 judges) to simply know how everyone voted. There must gave been a way to count votes, in a legal fashion. (Just counting people is prohibited.) So, by what ...
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Counting Jews with non-Jews

There is a prohibition of counting Jews (see here) for a number of reasons: 1) Out of love for His people, G‑d counted us at important junctures of our history. The completion of the Tabernacle ...
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Why are there four types of execution?

Why are there four types of execution? Wouldn't it be enough if there were only one type of execution? Lashes for example are only of one type and the standard 40 lashes.
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Is it a popular notion that a Jew should “have at least three children…”?

I have heard it said, "Every Jew must have at least three children (though more is preferable). Two to replace the parents when they die, and at least one more to make up for those lost in the Shoah."...
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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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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 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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Multiple Olim for a single Aliyah

In the past, I have davened at a Chabad on Simchat Torah. Their custom is to call up multiple individuals per aliyah rather than having multiple kriot. The only other places I have seen this was at ...
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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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Did Moshe know beforehand that there would be 10 plagues?

I was wondering whether, before the first time Moshe went to Pharaoh, he knew that there would be 10 plagues, and what they would be.
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Is there a special significance of 4 directions as opposed to 6?

According to halacha, when a person says the word "echad" (אחד) in Shema: בדלי"ת צריך להאריך יותר כדי שיעור שיחשוב שהקב"ה יחיד בעולמו ומושל בד' רוחות העולם [One should] draw out the dale more ...
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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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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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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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Kavanah while washing hands

When washing the hands, either before bread, or in the morning, must you have the correct kavanah (intent)? For example, if i pick up the cup in the morning thinking i'll do 2-2 (like washing for ...
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What is the problem with writing שט as a number?

In Hebrew, numbers are represented by letters. When these letters spell out something unpleasant or undesirable, they are moved around. An example is שד which means “demon” becomes דש in the Mishna ...
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One Challah or Two?

If two challahs are braided and baked together on one pan, and before they are completely baked, they have stuck together, do I have one challah or two? I.e. can I separate them and still have two ...
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Relations twice as segulah for boy — What about zugos?

I had asked what is the source for the segulah of having relations twice in order to have a boy. I first asked this in order to obtain a source to better ask this question. The Gemorah says in Niddah ...
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Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-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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7answers
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Shneim Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twelve? 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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6answers
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Shelosha Ushloshim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred thirty-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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9answers
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Shnayim Veshiv'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows seventy-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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8answers
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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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7answers
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Achad asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows eleven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point after Pesach, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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8answers
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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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9answers
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Sheloshim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred thirty? 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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4answers
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Shisha Ushmonim - mi yodeya?

Who knows eighty-six? 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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7answers
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Esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty? 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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7answers
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Chamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty? 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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6answers
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Shemona Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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Chamisha Ushloshim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one 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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7answers
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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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6answers
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Shishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty? 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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4answers
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Echad Veshishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixty-one? 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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Shemona Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-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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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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5answers
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Shiv'a Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred seventeen? 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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3answers
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Shisha Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred 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 to ...
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6answers
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Shelosha Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-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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5answers
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Shisha Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all answers I consider relevant and interesting. ...
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4answers
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Shisha Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred sixty-six? 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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4answers
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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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3answers
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Shisha Ve'arba'im Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred forty-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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6answers
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Shelosha Veshiv'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows seventy-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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4answers
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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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6answers
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Shelosha Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred fifty-three? 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 ...
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5answers
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Echad Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-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 ...