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Who knows three hundred and eight?

?שמונה ושלוש מאות - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 308.

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  • Well...
    – msh210
    Nov 26, 2012 at 16:52
  • @msh210 - It's up to you. Personally, I'd consider rounding a more natural convention than flooring to get from a number expressed in units to an integer number of thousands.
    – Isaac Moses
    Nov 26, 2012 at 16:55
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    Well, it's at half a thousand: rounding up or down is only a convention anyway. So 307 is the floor and round and 308 is the ceiling and round. Sorta. But "307" is mentioned in words in the pasuk. So I think I'll not post it here. Of course, anyone else can.
    – msh210
    Nov 26, 2012 at 18:02

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Rabbi Elazar of Vermaiza (1165-1240) published the Sefer HaRokeach ספר הרקח. He called it Sefer HaRokeach since both Elazar - his name, and Rokeach = 308

In one of his Seforim פירוש רבינו אלעזר מגרמייזא על התורה ועל מגילת אסתר פ’ קרח טז:א he says that Korach was upset about Elazar being given the position of נשיא נשיאי הלוי (Bamidbar 3:32) and he said that Elazar is equivalent to me, even our names are both equal since both (קרח & אלעזר) Elazar and Korach = 308.

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    +1 Wow! I know comments aren't meant for this, but you really have lots of knowledge (or extraordinary search capabilities)
    – yair
    Nov 27, 2012 at 22:47

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