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In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 283.

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The Neis of Chanuka happened 283 years after the first Bais HaMikdash was destroyed.

3338 Destruction of First Temple and beginning of Babylonian Exile

3621 Rule of the Hasmonean dynasty begins



Mishna Torah - Sefer Zemanim - Hilchos Shabbos - Perek 28 - Halacha 5

היו שתי עיירות זו סמוכה לזו--אם יש ביניהן מאה וארבעים ואחת ושליש, כדי שיהיה שבעים אמה ושיירים לזו ושבעים אמה ושיירים לזו--חושבין שתיהן כעיר אחת; ונמצאת כל עיר מהן, מהלכת את כל העיר השנייה וחוצה לה אלפיים אמה. היו שלושה כפרים משולשין--אם יש בין האמצעי ובין כל אחד מן החיצונים, אלפיים אמה או פחות מכאן, ובין השניים החיצונים, מאתיים שלוש ושמונים פחות שליש, כדי שיהיה בין כל אחד מהן ובין האמצעי כשתראה אותו כאילו הוא ביניהן, מאה אמה וארבעים ואחת ושליש--הרי שלושתן כמדינה אחת, ומודדין להם אלפיים אמה לכל רוח מחוץ לשלושתן. עיר שהוקפה ולבסוף ישבה, מודדין לה מישיבתה; ישבה ולבסוף הוקפה, מודדין לה מחומותיה

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    A quick english summary would be nice
    – yydl
    Dec 13, 2011 at 18:46


The Munach מוּנַח, translating to English as "to rest," is a common cantillation sound. It is marked with a right angle below the corresponding word.

The Munach is normally a short note. But when it is the first of two Munachs followed by a Rivia, it has a longer melody. In this case it may also be called legarmeh מוּנַח לְגַרְמֵ֣הּ.

Munach occurs in the Torah 8777 times. Munach Legarmeh occurs 283 times. (Concordance of the Hebrew accents in the Hebrew Bible: Concordance ..., Volume 1 By James D. Price, page 6)


In Breshit 7:11 it tells us that in the 600 year, the second month, and the 17th day of Noah's life the flood started.

In Breshit 8:13 it tells us that in the 601 year, in the first month on the first day the ground was dry.

In Breshit 8:14 it tells us that the animals were let out of the ark in the second month, on the27th day of the month the earth was dry. Beshit continues that this is when the animals were let out of the ark.

Therefore, the flood began on the 77th day of his 600th year and continued until the 31st day of his 601st year. But the animals did not exit the ark until 27 days later. So that would be 360 -77 = 283 days.

Therefore the flood lasted 283 days.

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    A year has a minimum of 353 days - less 1 month and 17 days would = 307 days. Dec 13, 2011 at 16:41
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    Can you explain how that comes out to 283, please? If you count the months the same way in both verses, then I get no less that 302 days. If you're counting the months differently, please elaborate.
    – jake
    Dec 13, 2011 at 16:47
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    @jake and Gershon, I think Morah Hochman might be assuming that: (a) the months here are solar ones of 30 days each (an opinion that Ibn Ezra to Gen. 8:3 cites but rejects), and (b) that "the second month and the 17th day" means that two complete months plus 17 days had elapsed during the year. Which would leave 9 months of 30 days each = 270 days, plus 13 days. (If that's the case, Morah Hochman, then this isn't really correct: it means the 17th day of the 2nd month, so there'd be 10 complete months plus 13 or so days.)
    – Alex
    Dec 13, 2011 at 16:56
  • @Alex, wouldn't you have to count in the occasional 31-day month?
    – jake
    Dec 13, 2011 at 16:58
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    בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שַׁבָּתוֹן זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ So your Rosh HaShana comes out a month later than everyone else's. A certain R' Gamliel vs. R' Yehoshua story comes to mind. ;)
    – jake
    Dec 13, 2011 at 20:54

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