Who knows one hundred three?

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Yeravam (the first king of the Ten Tribes, a brilliant Torah scholar but a wicked person) knew how to explain each concept in the Book of Vayikra in 103 different ways.

(Appropriately enough, this statement appears in the Gemara Sanhedrin on page 103 b.)

  • That's a slam dunk, Alex! – Dave Oct 13 '10 at 21:18
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    Checkmark for slam dunk. "Shelosha umeya - peirushei malka." – Isaac Moses Oct 14 '10 at 20:12

The last two dynasties that governed Israel prior to the Second Temple's destruction maintained their rule for 103 years (Avodah Zara 9a): The Chashmonaim from 140 BCE to 36 BCE, and the Herodians from 36 BCE to 68 CE.

  • Honorable mention for being an honorable mench. Your answer's pretty good, too. – Isaac Moses Oct 14 '10 at 20:12

Mincha = 103

Avimelech = 103

Nechama = 103

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