Who knows two hundred forty?

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

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Amalek and Safek both = 240 .....

  • There is a source for this, but I don't recall what it is. Any idea?
    – msh210
    May 18 '11 at 20:30
  • The Chasidishe seforim talk about it. Do not remember which one. I will try to find it. May 18 '11 at 20:37

The Aseres Yemei Teshuva = 240 hours.

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    When you consider that Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset and Yom Kippur ends at nightfall, it's actually around 241 hours...
    – Alex
    May 15 '11 at 18:15
  • So answer that for 241 May 15 '11 at 20:29

There are mistakenly claimed to have been 240 cities and towns in the Galilee during Josephus's time.


Really stretching it, but...

In Gematria, 240 == אליהו הנביא אליהו הנביא (sung to the tune used during Seder Pesach...)

  • There are many tunes used during the seder (and of course they vary from one person's seder to another's), but I can't think of any offhand that would fit the words Eliyahu hanavi Eliyahu hanavi specifically. Which are you thinking of? (-1, by the way, just because I dislike random gimatriyaos and always downvote them in the mi-yodeya-series.)
    – msh210
    May 15 '11 at 14:20
  • @msh210, umm, "Eliyahu Hanavi"...? Fair point about random gematriyot, though - I usually tend to agree with you, but these are just too much fun...
    – AviD
    May 15 '11 at 18:12
  • Oh, I was unaware of a custom to sing "Eliyahu Hanavi" at the seder. It's not in any hagada I've seen AFAIR, FWIW.
    – msh210
    May 16 '11 at 2:04
  • Really? Yknow, when you open the door for שפוך חמתך...? Thought this was nearly universal, at least at Ashkenazi / American seders...
    – AviD
    May 16 '11 at 6:40
  • Yes, really and truly. What hagada has it? Do you sing the whole song found in sidurim among the songs for m'lave malka?
    – msh210
    May 16 '11 at 6:59

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