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.



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! :) 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
    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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