Who knows two hundred thirty?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will:

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  • What do you mean? Sheloshim Umatayim = 230 (we say: "Matayim Ushloshim").
    – user385
    Apr 17, 2011 at 17:55
  • See the comment stream on Echad Ve'esrim: mi.yodeya.com/questions/1123/echad-veesrim-mi-yodeya I decided to use the Mishnaic form used in the Hagada, to go with the "Mi Yodeya" song this is based on.
    – Isaac Moses
    Apr 17, 2011 at 20:00

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Four beitzim (of 57.6 cc each, according to R' Avraham Chaim Naeh) equal 230 cc. This, according to various online sources, is the amount of pas haba'ah bekisnin (baked goods that are bread-like but not fully so, e.g., pizza) that requires washing and recital of hamotzi.


At the end of the first chapter of Masechet Sanhedrin in the Mishna:

How many shall a city contain that it shall be fit for a supreme council? One hundred and twenty families. R. Nehemiah, however, maintains: Two hundred and thirty--so that each of them should be the head of ten families, as we do not find in the Bible rulers of less than ten.

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