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 gematria on this one could be a splendid cure if you can't think of anything else.

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The Venetian Jewish Ghetto was in existence for 281 years (and 3 months) before Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the city and had the ghetto's gates torn down and burned.

Also, there were 281 Jewish soldiers in the Bavarian Army in 1906.

Also, there were 281 Jews with uncontested Italian citizenship who were protected by the Italian Consul General during World War II

  • There are other negative facts regarding groups of 281 Jews, so I have skipped them over.
    – HodofHod
    Dec 5, 2011 at 20:55

The period of the Book of Judges begins with Othneil and ends with Abdon therefore the book of Judges deals with *281*years, from the death of Joshua in 1350 BCE to the death of Abdon in 1069 BCE.

Time line of the book of Judges

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    Does this analysis square with traditional Jewish sources?
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 8, 2011 at 15:47

Antiochus I reigned from 281-261 BCE

Happy Channukah!

  • True (or, at least, true according to Wikipedia), but note that that was not the Antiochus of the Chanuka story.
    – msh210
    Dec 6, 2011 at 16:06
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    True about Channukah, but I figured it was the start of the problem so why not! Dec 6, 2011 at 16:07

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