Who knows two hundred sixty-six?

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 what I consider the "best" answer.

  • Move on to the next number.

Lazy gematria for today is: סור - "turn away".

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There are 266 (some add: and 2/3) amos in a "ris," a measurement used for some halachic purposes (such as the distance you have to go to aid someone whose animal has collapsed under its burden - Bava Metzia 33a).

[R' Y.Y. Keller once suggested to me that the oddity of this figure might be explained by assuming that an amah is exactly 1-1/2 feet (not necessarily the same as the foot in the American system of measurement, though), in which case this makes a nice round figure of 400 such feet.]


When Avraham left Charan at the beginning of Lech L'cha, Ever was 266.


חברון = 266 - A place that is close to every Jewish heart

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    Alas, not even most.
    – msh210
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 4:48

In a leap year, Yom Yerushalayim is the 266th day in the year if Heshvan and Kislev are both Mele'im (have 30 days):

Tishrei, Heshvan, Kislev - 30 days each
Tevet - 29 days
Shvat - 30 days
Adar A - 29 days
Adar B - 30 days
Nisan - 30 days
Iyar - 28 days (Yom Yerushalayim is on the 28th day of Iyar)

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