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 lazy gematria I can come up with for this one is weak, but that's no reason to be cowed.

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As Alex correctly noted here Arba'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya? 285 is the most psukim read on a regular shabbat in sefard/chassidishe shuls:

  • Mattot 112
  • Ma'asei 132
  • Maftir 3
  • Haftora 27
  • Mincha 11
  • TOTAL 285

Note the longer haftorah than the previous answer.


The first translation of the Hebrew Bible was written in Greek. This began in 285 BCE

  • Is that a good thing? x_X
    – Naftali
    Dec 22, 2011 at 18:35
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    @Naftali I don't think so, but it is an important part of Jewish History. It molded so much even through today. Dec 22, 2011 at 18:38
  • That is true. ..
    – Naftali
    Dec 22, 2011 at 18:38
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    However it is the non Jewish date. Dec 22, 2011 at 18:43
  • @Gershon: I think there've been a couple other entries in this series where people have used the non-Jewish date for lack of any more interesting fact.
    – Alex
    Dec 23, 2011 at 1:31

Gimtaria "El Rahum (Merciful God)."

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