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Who knows seventy-four?

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74 are the mitzvos in Parshas Ki Teitzei, highest number in any single Torah portion.

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74 is the age of Yishmael when Yaakov was born. (Megillah 17a)

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74 are the thousands of Yehudah. (Numbers 1:27).

It fits the beat!

This was the highest population of any tribe.

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74 are the Chapters of Zera'im (which are definitely Mishna).

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Nazir 60b speaks about a Nazir who was a confirmed leper:

מוּחְלָט סָפֵק וְטָמֵא וַדַּאי אוֹכֵל בְּקָדָשִׁים לְאַחַר שְׁלֹשִׁים וְשִׁבְעָה יָמִים וְשׁוֹתֶה יַיִן וּמִיטַּמֵּא לְמֵתִים לְאַחַר שִׁבְעִים וְאַרְבָּעָה יָמִים

(A nazirite whose status as) a confirmed leper was uncertain and who was definitely impure (from a dead body) partakes of sacrificial food after thirty-seven days and he may drink wine and become impure from the dead only after seventy-four days.

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For 74 years, the first of our "fathers" was known as Avram. At age 99, his name was changed to Avraham (Breishit 17:1 - 5.)

He lived 175 years.

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Ezra 2:40:

הַלְוִיִּ֑ם בְּנֵי־יֵשׁ֧וּעַ וְקַדְמִיאֵ֛ל לִבְנֵ֥י הוֹדַוְיָ֖ה שִׁבְעִ֥ים וְאַרְבָּעָֽה׃ (ס)

The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy and four.

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According to Rav Asher Weiss, 74 is the gematria of Hashem's name when it transitions from din to rachamim.

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