Who knows two hundred ninety-one?

?אחד ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 291.

I'll bet you can land something interesting from the lazy gematria this time.

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291 is the gematria malei (the combined gematria of all the names of the letters spelled out) of Elohim. See here and here.

  • -1: I dislike unsourced gimatriyaos as answers in this series. (Every word has a gimatriya; we can do this all day. Usually there's nothing special about the gimatriya in question (which would be mentioned in a source).)
    – msh210
    Feb 2, 2012 at 19:58
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    @msh210, it's in Pri Eitz Chaim, Shaar HaZemiros 4: הריעו, גי' רצ"א, שהוא אלהים דאלפין - "the word הריעו equals 291, which is the Name אלקים with [the hei spelled out] with an alef."
    – Alex
    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:07

There are 14 possible Jewish calendar combinations. In a year where the following combination happens - בח"ג - there are 291 days that are not Shabbos or Yom Tov (Chutz L'Aretz) and you may do Melacha.

An explanation of what בח"ג mean.

  • The first letter is the day of the week that Rosh HaShana comes out on.

  • The second letter tells you whether Cheshvon and Kisleiv have both 29 days = (ח) for Chasair. If Cheshvon has 29 days and Kisleiv has 30 days then = (כ) for K'Sidran. If both Chesvan and Kisleiv have 30 days then = (ש) for Shlaima.

  • The third letter is the day of the week that Pesach comes out on.


in the year 291 BCE the Septuagint was created, and while this is not exactly a Jewish book (although it was translated by Jews) it had a major effect on Judaism to this day.


291 years from Ever's birth to Yitzchak's.

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