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I've heard that the chapter in Tur (and, consequently, Shulchan Aruch) that deals with the shofar is number 586, the gimatriya of "shofar". I've also heard that the chapter number (240) for tz'nius (in Orach Chayim) matches that for kibud av vaem (in Yore Dea) as a way of teaching us that parents' tz'nius can lead to the children's kibud for them.

I'm seeking a list of such intentional chapter numberings in the Tur: those that were intended by the author to be meaningful. Can you please supply whichever you may know about?

Part of the reason I suspect they may really exist (besides, of course, that I've heard they do, as mentioned above) is that the Tur's author refers often to gimatriya and acrostics in his short commentary on Chumash.

Note: I'm not seeking whatever interesting chapter-number facts you might happen to notice, or someone else noticed. Rather, I'm seeking only such chapter-number facts as some Judaism authority[1] has claimed were intentional on the part of the author of the Tur. Every answer below should cite some source that not only indicates the interesting number fact but also claims that that was the author's intent. (Thus, too, I hope that some answer(s) below will contain the shofar and tz'nius facts, since I currently have no source for them.)


[1] or a Tur authority, like an historian or a biographer

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    Even the examples of shofar and tznius seem to be at best mnemonics and drush and not the intent of the Tur. Do you have any basis to believe they were the original intention of the Tur? – Yoni Apr 19 '16 at 3:20
  • @Yoni, they were examples of the sort of thing that — if they are indeed the author's intent — I'm looking for. I don't know that they were his intent (though I've heard the tz'nius one is). – msh210 Apr 19 '16 at 3:22
  • @msh210 I do not remember, but I too noticed a lot of similar things, impossible to be fortouitous coincidence. AGAV in mishna to you can find dozen in each massechet – kouty Apr 19 '16 at 12:56
  • @msh210 אורח חיים תרעא נר חנוכה מניחו על הפתח – kouty Apr 20 '16 at 21:04

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