Who knows three hundred seventeen?

?שבעה עשר ושלוש מאות - מי יודע

In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 317.

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    יאוש = 317 so I give up May 28, 2013 at 18:10

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The average lifespan of the ten men in the line of descent from (and including) Sheim to Avraham Avinu was a little more than 317 years:

Sheim - 600
Arpachshad - 438
Shelach - 433
Eiver - 464
Peleg - 239
Re'u - 239
Serug - 230
Nachor - 148
Terach - 205
Avraham - 175

(See Bereishit 11:10 - 32 and Bereishit 25:7. Statistic first observed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens in Spiritual Nutrition, p.248.)


Per Wikpedia the length of the northern wall of the Har HaBayis is 317 meters:

ארכו של הכותל הצפוני כ-317 מטר


317- the number of times in the Talmud Bavli where the answer to a question is unknown and "תיקו"
--understood to mean the question shall remain unresolved-- (lit: "let it stand") is invoked.

  • See this sefer by R' Aaron Pessin where he lists and discusses each of these 317 cases.

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