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יוסף & אהב אביהם מכל = 156
Terach as 156 when Yishmael was born.
[Terach was 70 when he begat Avraham.
Avraham was 86 when he begat Yishmael.]
As most people have noted 156 = Yosef What most forgot is that the Midrash (Tanchuma VaYeshev 18) says that "All that happened to Yosef, happened to Tzion". All the sefarim bring that Yosef = Tzion =156 Other allusions to Yosef and this number are Kinnah (jealousy- the brothers had for him), Pius (appeasing- what the brothers had to do when he ruled in Egypt), Kiyum (sustaining- as Yosef sustained the world in Egypt, see Parshat VaYechi 47 12), Lev Yochanan (the heart of Yochanan, as it is known that Rabbi Yochanan of the Talmud was a reincarnation of Yosef see Brachot 20a, and sefer hagilgulim if I am not mistaken)
6 x Hashems name = 156