Who knows two hundred thirty-four?

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

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  • Go on to the next number.

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In a non-leap year, Yom Yerushalayim is the 234th day in the year if Heshvan and Kislev are both Haserim (have 29 days):

Tishrei -30 days
Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet - 29 days each
Shvat - 30 days
Adar - 29 days
Nisan - 30 days
Iyar - 28 days (Yom Yerushalayim is on the 28th day of Iyar)


Following Hitler's decision in October 1942 to make Germany "free of Jews" ("judenfrei"), the SS transported most of Buchenwald's remaining 650 Jews to Auschwitz. Two hundred thirty-four remained.

Bill Niven, The Buchenwald Child, page 13 (internal footnote omitted).


234+ years ago, on July 4, 1776 the United States was formed after the Declaration of Independence. This Medina Shel Chesed is the last stop prior to Moshiach per many of the Gedolim.

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    I'd love to see sources for your second point.
    – Isaac Moses
    May 5, 2011 at 21:28

When Vayakhel and Pekudei are read together on Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh. Note that this occurs only in regular years when Pesach falls on either Tuesday or Thursday.

The total reading consists of 234 verses as follows:

Vayakhel 122 Pekudei 92 Hachodesh 20

Total = 234

  • Mattot/Masei is 244
    – Double AA
    Dec 14, 2016 at 16:48
  • @DoubleAA +3 for maftir, if you want to count that separately for consistency. Or +7 if it's Rosh Chodesh, if that can happen (Tisha Beav would be Sunday not nidcheh, which can happen, but I don't know if Matot-Masei can be together in that case).
    – Heshy
    Dec 14, 2016 at 17:10
  • @DoubleAA Thabnks for the correction. I missed that total from the parsha stats chart that I was viewing.
    – DanF
    Dec 14, 2016 at 19:26

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