Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism?

How about numeric variations and combinations such as 216?

I know that 18 means 'life' due to Gematria calculations.


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This number has, to the best of my knowledge, no significance whatsoever in Judaism.

You can search according to gematria here but, as my teacher Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z'l said in a shiur, the average person shouldn't really come up with their own gematrios, generally speaking, and expect anything from them.

You will find that there are many gematrios with both good and bad implications for practically every value.

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    No source, but that's because there isn't one.
    – yoel
    Oct 1, 2013 at 7:25
  • kabbalahsecrets.com/?p=2265 see this
    – ray
    Jun 25, 2015 at 11:24
  • I Kings 10:14 states that King Solomon used 666 talents of gold to build the First Temple. (A biblical "talent" is an ~80 lb block.) Seems to be a neutral coincidence. Gold has been used for a lot of good things, as well as a lot of bad things.
    – Shalom
    Sep 10, 2015 at 9:02

I believe that the number 666 have no significant tendency in Hebrew, and there for in Hebrew and Jewish Gematria. By checking both Hebrew genatria on http://www.c2kb.com/gematria/?word=666 and on Gematrix: http://www.gematrix.org/?word=666 shows no higher amount of results for each side.

  • מאה שערים lol .
    – Double AA
    Oct 7, 2013 at 7:18
  • @DoubleAA, that's how we know it's a good number in Judaism. :)
    – Seth J
    Oct 7, 2013 at 13:43

666 is very significant in two locations in Genesis.

First, in the beginning of creation, the values for light, dark, day and night add together into the sum 666. אור=207, חשך=328,יום=56, לילה=75. Though חשך commonly is written with a ״ו״ (vav), in the creation account it isn't.

Second, when Joseph becomes second in command of Egypt, Pharaoh renames him צפנת פנעח. The value of this name is 828. He demands Benjamin come down to Egypt. בנימין has a value of 162. 828-162=666. In regard to what 666 is in creation, it then fits in context of the Joseph narrative and the fulfillment of his final dream before his brothers threw him into the pit.

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    Why is the fact that those gematrias work out to 666 "very significant"? Especially the one with subtraction. I've almost never seen subtraction used in gematrias where it's not obviously relevant.
    – Daniel
    Sep 10, 2015 at 3:03
  • Hey Daniel. Perhaps "very" is a relative term. However, I find it significant in the sense that the four elements included in the first day add to 666. In my judgment that is noteworthy. Debate me if you disagree.
    – Brettk
    Sep 10, 2015 at 4:42
  • Also, how do you determine what is "obviously relevant" and what isn't? To me, passing a connection off as irrelevant is cutting yourself short from a potential insight.
    – Brettk
    Sep 10, 2015 at 4:43
  • except that as far as I can tell on a quick read, the word choshech never appears in Genesis 1. It always has a prefix (a vav, a hey or a vav-lamed) so making a point about its not being spelled with a vav internally is undermined by its use of other letters and then the sum reached is inaccurate.
    – rosends
    Sep 10, 2015 at 10:24
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    We need an "unclear what you're answering" flag. Sep 10, 2015 at 13:20

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