Who knows one hundred sixty-five?

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165 were the adonim of the mishkan.

96 for the mishkan's support (40+40+16)

4 for the paroches

5 for the opening of the mishkan

60 around the chatzer (20+20+10+3+3+4)


In the early years of World War II, Ecuador still admitted a certain amount of immigrants, and in 1939, when several South American countries refused to accept the 165 Jewish refugees from Germany aboard the ship "Koenigstein," Ecuador granted them entry permits.


  • Yey Ecuador!!!!! Commented May 29, 2014 at 13:34

Yishmael would have been 165 when Yosef was born.


165 YEARS that are MISsing from the CALenDAR. (Approximately)

  • You can't answer these years later! Otherwise you could go find cool numbers and add them to the corresponding number. That defeats the purpose of this challenge! :) Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 19:44
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    @l' I've only been on this site since 278 and we all know the lower numbers are more fun. I have to lose out on all the fun?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 19:48

In addition to msh210 answer:

Gen 12:17 וַיְנַגַּ֨ע יְהוָ֧ה ׀ אֶת־פַּרְעֹ֛ה נְגָעִ֥ים גְּדֹלִ֖ים וְאֶת־בֵּית֑וֹ עַל־דְּבַ֥ר שָׂרַ֖י אֵ֥שֶׁת אַבְרָֽם׃ But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his household with mighty plagues on account of Sarai, the wife of Abram.

165 = וַיְנַגַּ֨ע יְהוָ֧ה

Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities p.236; Sefer Hayashar, Vayeishev: Ishmaelites hit Yoseph crying for home while riding on a camel. They dismounted. Gd caused the skin of his afflictors to dry.

Ibid.; Bereshis Rabbah 84:22 - Rav Huna answered 5 bills of sale were for Yoseph: The Ishmaelites bought and sold him. And Potiphar (in Egypt).

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