Who knows three hundred eleven?

?אחד עשר ושלוש מאות - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 311.

Give up on lazy gematria; this man can't bear it.

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Parshas Naso is indisputably the longest Sedra, however you count length; is most commonly written on 311 lines in a Sefer Torah (7.4 cols)

  • What if you count length by number of parshiyot?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 22:07

311 is the gematriya of "ish", man. It is also the gematriya of "ha'isha", the woman; whereas "isha" is gematriya 306. "I find "ha'isha" more bitter than death" (Koheles 7:26); when the wife takes on the husband's role in marriage (so her gematriya equals his) its more bitter to him than death (Maharsha in Yevamos 63, I think).

  • The Vilna Gaon says something very similar, although I can't remember where. Commented May 4, 2014 at 18:56

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