Who knows one hundred thirty-eight?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

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138 is the gematria of צמח and מנחם, two names of Moshiach (see Ibn Ezra to Zech. 3:8 - appropriately for the season, part of the haftarah of Shabbos Chanukah).


138 CE: death of Hadrian, שחיק טמיא


138 OPENINGS OF WISDOM was written by Ramchal


138 = gematria of the word "chametz".

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    Is this significant?
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 14:31
  • @DoubleAA, it is to Yaacov. Doesn't make it interesting to anyone else, but not reason to make fun.
    – Seth J
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 14:32
  • @SethJ Not making fun. Challenging its identity as an answer.
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 21:11
  • @DoubleAA ahem
    – Seth J
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 21:27
  • @SethJ Two traditional names of the Mashiach with the same Gematria? That's significant (ish. At least it claims to be).
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 13:35

138 years were the Angels banned from heaven until Yaakovs dream for saying (to Lot) "we are destroying this place". Midrash Rabbah Vayeira

To Yaakovs answer I find chametz as "extra" or "superfluous" like the angels response and absence of Hashem. Also the destruction came during Pesach.

Also day 3 and day 4 of Bereshis are 69 words (138 total).

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