Who knows two hundred sixty-one (261)?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible.

At some point between twenty-four hours and a few days from now, I will:

  • Vote up all interesting, relevant answers.

  • Accept the what I think is the "best" answer.

  • Move on to the next number.

  • I thought we stopped the riddles Jul 19, 2011 at 23:39
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    @Chalutzhanal: this one's kind of been grandfathered in. Besides, Isaac should get a little extra latitude for being the founder of the site.
    – Alex
    Jul 20, 2011 at 0:04
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    @Chalutzhanal: This is not a riddle-type question, which is a question where the asker knows an answer and deliberately pretends not to so that he can omit facts from his question which will make the answer obvious. See also meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/140.
    – msh210
    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:27
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    @Alex I do not want or claim any special latitude. I agree with msh210 that these questions do not have the same pitfalls as riddles. They are atypical in other ways, though, and anyone who wants to challenge whether they belong here is welcome to do so on Mi Yodeya Meta.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jul 20, 2011 at 14:24

3 Answers 3


261 days after the start of Pesach is Asara B'Teveis. (Chesvan/Kisleiv K'Sidran)


The actual gematriah for HaDevariim (The book of Devariim)

And the gematriah for obama is 261: http://www.gematrix.org/?word=barrack%20obama


261 years from Yitzchak's birth to Yosef's death. (151 years to his birth and another 110 thereafter.)

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