Who knows two hundred forty-eight?

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Hashem examined each word of the Tora 248 times before putting it in the Tora (whatever that means), corresponding to the 248 evarim (bones or something) of a person (source), which in turn correspond to the 248 words of sh'ma (source) and mitzvos ase (positive commands).

  • "248 evarim (bones or something)" - They are body parts (loosely defined). It's a mishna in Ahalos.
    – WAF
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 15:16
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    Yeah. It's usually translated "bones" (or "limbs"), but that's incorrect, so I put "bones or something". :-)
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 15:20
  • @WAF Oholos 1:8
    – DonielF
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 13:29

Number of sidereal months it takes for the moon to begin its draconic month at the same sidereal time corresponding to 248 positive commandments, while 365 days in a solar sidreal year correspond to the 365 negative commandments. (Source)

  • It's not 247 years? (Shame it's one off.)
    – DonielF
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 13:30

אברהם = 248 and is mentioned 175 times in Tanach, which is the amount of years he lived.

248 = במדבר

  • What happened to no lazy gematria?
    – DonielF
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 13:30

The last three words in Shema are repeated, so as to bring the number up to 248. see here.


The verb עשה is used 248 times in connection with construction of the mishkan, from Sh'mos 25:8 through 39:43 (exclusive of 32:1 through 33:5, which are about the egel), according to Tol'dos Yitzchak (commentary of Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) to 39:43.


Off-topic, but: The number of passengers aboard Air France flight 139, June 27, 1976, is given variously as 246 and 248.


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