Who knows ninety-six?

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96 is the Gematria of "Tzav"; the Masoretic note says parshas Tzav has 96 verses. Though I think there's a note that our count has 97 or something like that? Eh close enough ...

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    You beat me to it, Shalom! – Dave Sep 16 '10 at 19:04
  • Sorry. That was really low-hanging fruit. – Shalom Sep 16 '10 at 19:10
  • I'll let you take this one for 97 also. :) – Dave Sep 16 '10 at 20:34

Yirmiyahu (52:23) describes the ornamentation of the columns Yachin and Boaz in the first Beis Hamikdash (which were destroyed by the Babylonians): "The pomegranates were 96 to the outside; all the pomegranates were 100 on the net all around."

The commentaries explain that there were actually 100 per column, but only 96 of them were visible, because the other four were embedded into the facade of the building. R' Yosei (Tosefta Ohalos 7:13) uses this to derive a general geometric principle: when a cylinder is tangent to a plane (e.g., a beam lying on the ground), 1/25 of its circumference will be hidden from view.


There were 24 shifts of Kohanim in the Beis HaMikdash, and each shift had four cubbies or alcoves in which to store their four types of priestly garments (Rambam, Klei HaMikdash 8:8-9) -- 24 times 4 = a total of 96.


A silver dinar weighs the equivalent of 96 grains of barley. (Rambam, Peirush HaMishnayos in the beginning of Kiddushin and in Eduyos 4:7)


According to the Rishonim who hold that it takes 24 minutes to walk one mil, the time to walk four mil (which signifies tzeis hakochavim in Rabbeinu Tam's opinion) would be 96 minutes.


We fast ninety-six shaos z'maniyos (halachic hours) over the course of a year: twelve each on four fast days and twenty-four each on two. (This excludes "extra" time: between sunset and nightfall, and tosefes yom hakipurim. It also excludes taanis b'choros and other fasts that are not widely kept.)


Hamalach = 96

Melacha = 96

Yaffo = 96

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