The number 40 appears multiple times in the Torah and the works of the Sages, though in very different contexts:

For instance: 40 days of rain during the flood, for 40 days, Moses was on Mount Sinai, 40 days before beginning of life.

Is there any underlying principle, which would explain why the number 40 is used in all of these instances?

  • Hi @frozen58 and welcome to MiYodeya. What exactly do you want answering? Other examples of the number 40 or what the number 40 symbolises?
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 11:52
  • If the former - judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1608/arbaim-mi-yodeya
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 11:54
  • 40 represents a metamorphosis see here. Additionaly, the letter "Mem" has a value of 40, and has a connection to Moshiach. A Mikvah is also filled with 40 seah of water.
    – Shmuel
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 12:37
  • I think he is clearly asking about what it symbolizes. How is this question asking for examples?
    – MichoelR
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 13:14
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    @MichoelR - I'm not doubting that, neither did I close the question. But the questioner has to confirm that this is what is asking
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 17:36


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