Who knows one hundred fifty-six?

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Terach as 156 when Yishmael was born.

[Terach was 70 when he begat Avraham.

Avraham was 86 when he begat Yishmael.]


The Gematria of "Yosef" is 156 (also noted by Gershon Gold). Accordingly, in the book Kol HaTor on the Redemption, by Rabbi Hillel Rivlin of Shklov, a disciple of the Vilna Gaon, there are 156 teachings about Mashiach ben Yosef.


יוסף & אהב אביהם מכל = 156

  • Cute! Is that mentioned in the sources anywhere, or is it your own discovery?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Dec 31, 2010 at 15:56
  • saw somewhere. do not remember where. Commented Jan 2, 2011 at 2:49

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

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    ...which indeed some sefarim relate to the gematria of Yosef, as in your other answer.
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 20:46
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    Yosef was the Midah of Yesod. Yesod is the sixth Midah. Chesed, Gevura, Tiferes, Netzach, Hod, Yesod..... Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 21:14

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