Who knows fourteen?

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Fourteen are the books of the -- Rambam.
(Well, in the work considered his latest and greatest, anyway. Or "fourteen are the books of the MishnahTorah." Which version is worse on the rhythm?)

Fourteen are the number of solid ingredients in the Biblical incense (according to Rabbi Nathan the Babylonian).

Fourteen are the minutes after sunset at which point I don't think anyone non-Hassidic will allow you to recite Mincha. (The absolute latest I'd heard was 13.5 minutes.)

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    I would sing it as "Fourteen are the books of the Mishnah. Torah." repeating the tune on "Mishnah" for "Torah." – Isaac Moses Apr 12 '10 at 17:15
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    Isn't the proper pronunciation "Mishne Torah"? – Yahu Apr 12 '10 at 17:24
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    Yes, but that wouldn't be as funny. – Isaac Moses Apr 12 '10 at 17:41

Fourteen is the number of days that a mother is tamei after the birth of a baby girl (Lev. 12:5 - in this week's parsha).


Fourteen is the day of the month of Iyar when the "Second Pesach" can be offered, if one missed the first one. (May Hashem grant us to be able to do so this year!)

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    Amen! Why should we be held back? – Isaac Moses Apr 13 '10 at 18:04
  • @IsaacMoses The answer was posted after Pesach but before Pesach Sheini. – Daniel Jul 10 '15 at 17:30
  • @Daniel, he was quoting Numbers 9:7. – msh210 Oct 12 '15 at 20:31

Fourteen is the number of children fathered by R' Chaim Halberstam of Sanz (from several marriages), leading to such Chassidic dynasties as Bobov and Klausenburg. For a comprehensive family tree, see:



Fourteen is the number of cows (7 skinny 7 fat) and sheaves (7 fat 7 lean) in Paroh's dreams.

  • "And fourteen are the cows in Pharaoh's dream" -- it fits the beat! – Shalom Oct 14 '15 at 13:24

Fourteen is "enough" (dai=14 in Gematria) of these questions!

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    If you don't like them you don't have to answer. – Bas613 Apr 12 '10 at 23:45
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    If you'd all just given great answers for One, it would have been enough. If you'd all just given great answers for Two, it would have been enough. ... But you gave great answers for One, Two ..., and Fourteen. As Bas613 observes, that's hardly incentive for me to stop. – Isaac Moses Apr 13 '10 at 18:01
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    Bas613, I was just kidding! We can go on to 1000, I'll still be having fun. – Yahu Apr 13 '10 at 18:39

Purim is on the 14th day of Adar


FOURTEEN is the number of different people in tenach who had the name ZECHARIAH - זכריה

This is the most common name in Tanach

[note: If we consider the names ZECHARIAH - זכריה and ZECHARAYAHU - זכריהו as the same name then we have 27 people in Tanach with this name]

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    Can you provide a list of these different people, such as where in Tanakh they show up? Otherwise how do we know this claim is correct? – Double AA Apr 29 '18 at 12:05

Yaakov spent 14years at the academy of Eber. Bereshit Rabbah 68:5

Bamidbar Rabbah 18:7 Maharzu emends the Midrash where Korach mistakenly forsees 24 "watches" (1 Chronicles 6 & 25) to actually be Fourteen.


14 is the number of the parts in the Pesach Seder (Order of the Seder)

1) Kadesh
2) Urchatz
3) Karpas
4) Yachatz
5) Maggid
6) Rachtzah
7) Motzei Matzah
8) Maror
9) Koreich
10) Shulchan Oreich
11) Tzafun
12) Bareich
13) Hallel
14) Nirtzah

  • I thought there are 15 steps in the Pesach Seder? – Eli83 Jun 5 '19 at 16:26
  • @Eli83 which is #15? – alicht Jun 5 '19 at 16:30
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    @Eli83 maybe counting Motzi Matzah as 2 instead of counting as 1? – alicht Jun 5 '19 at 16:30
  • I think I read in one Artscroll Haggadah a comment which explains that we sing the Haggadah and the 15 steps of the Haggadah as the Leviim used to sing 15 psalms of ascents at the Temple on the 15 steps while people brought korbanot. – Eli83 Jun 5 '19 at 17:56

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