Who knows one hundred sixty-one?

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On average it takes 161 Jewish months to become Bar Mitzva. 13 x 12 = 156 + 5 extra Adars.

  • That'd be, I suppose, both the mode and the ceiling of the average (mean), but obviously not the exact average (up arrow from me anyway :-) ).
    – msh210
    Jan 7, 2011 at 5:23
  • @msh210 We deal in integers around here. This isn't the first time someone's shoehorned an answer into this series using floor or ceiling. How many days, for example, are in a month?
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 7, 2011 at 19:43
  • @Gershon, nice find!
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 7, 2011 at 19:43
  • @R'IM, I wasn't disputing or even frowning upon the answer (it was a nice find), but merely pointing out the math in case someone didn't realize.
    – msh210
    Jan 7, 2011 at 19:59

R'u was 161 was Avraham was born. (Source: Rashi to B'reshis 19:20.)

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