Who knows two hundred sixty-two (262)?

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 "best" answer.

  • Move on to the next number.

I, for one, don't mind that these are taking a little longer these days.

3 Answers 3


Avinu Malkeinu which was authored by Rabbi Akiva has 262 words - the same as the Gematria עקיבא יסדה.



262 is the gematria of אל מלך נאמן.

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    In the mesoratic text of Tanach this is true, however in various commentaries (including unkelus) and in other places it is spelled maleh.
    – Adam Simon
    Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 14:17
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    The gematria is no longer faulty and/or inaccurate. I think that this gematria is relevant and accurate and not just a random string of words, it is a meaningful, well-known, oft-used phrase.
    – Adam Simon
    Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 14:59

Stealing an answer of Gershon Gold's:

There are 262 days from the first day of Pesach to the tenth of Teves, when Cheshvan has thirty days.

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