Who knows forty-four?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.


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44 Candles (or little oil capsules) in a box for Hannukah.

  • Including shamashes.
    – Shalom
    Commented May 30, 2010 at 14:54
  • that is why I was m'dayak on "in a box" as opposed to "for a week of lighting"
    – Jeremy
    Commented May 30, 2010 at 16:18
  • 2
    Checkmark for classic 44-ness.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 4:43
  • 1
    these classic answers are getting harder to come by, for sure.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 13:24

44 is גאם, the Greek letter gamma (Γ). Chazal use it often when describing a shape of two perpendicular lines. Such as:

  • The path taken through Israel by the spies (Rashi to Numbers 13:21)
  • Describing the shape of 2 sukkah walls (Rashi Sukah 7a s.v. shtai defanos)
  • Which barrels of wine in your cellar you need to check for Chametz, according to R' Yochanan (Pesachim 8b). Note that this one is 3-D.

Some instances have the spelling as just גם (which would have worked for yesterday), but it looks like the spelling with the aleph is more standard. Also works well as in modern Hebrew they call the letter gimmel-mem-aleph, but same Gematria.


44 are the years (2884-2928) that the Mishkan stood in Giveon. (Zevachim 118b-119a; Yerushalmi, Megillah 1:12)


44 days of rain in Jerusalem in an average year


Leah lived for 44 years.(B'N Ill source later)

Leah and Rachel were 22 yrs old at marriage. They are twins - Seder Olam Rabbah

(22x2=44) Though I struggle with how the deception with Leah renders Rachel married as well. More like 'as if'?

  • Er....22x4 = 88?
    – Dov
    Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 15:02
  • Oops. Dont MiYodeya and drive.
    – Re'eh
    Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 15:06

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