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24 is the number of things that prevent repentance. Hilchot Teshuva 4:1-5 from the Touger translation: One who causes the masses to sin, One who leads his colleague astray from the path of good to that of bad; One who sees his son becoming associated with evil influences and refrains from rebuking him. One who says: "I will sin and then, repent." ...


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Nine kavin is the measure of several things in the Talmud. For example, in Berachot 22a: תנו רבנן בעל קרי שנתנו עליו תשעה קבין מים טהור Our Rabbis taught: A ba'al keri on whom nine kabs of water have been thrown is clean. (Soncino translation)


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Again another obvious one - inspired by the song... Gemara Nidda 38a: אמר רב אדא בר אהבה ש"מ קסבר רבי יהודה שיפורא גרים איני והא אמר שמואל אין אשה מתעברת ויולדת אלא למאתים ושבעים ואחד יום או למאתים ושבעים ושנים יום או למאתים ושבעים ושלשה Rav Adda bar Ahava says: Conclude from the baraita that Rabbi Yehuda holds that the blast of the shofar at the ...


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Mishna Taanis 4:5 writes: זְמַן עֲצֵי כֹהֲנִים וְהָעָם, תִּשְׁעָה. בְּאֶחָד בְּנִיסָן, בְּנֵי אָרַח בֶּן יְהוּדָה. בְּעֶשְׂרִים בְּתַמּוּז, בְּנֵי דָוִד בֶּן יְהוּדָה. בַּחֲמִשָּׁה בְאָב, בְּנֵי פַרְעֹשׁ בֶּן יְהוּדָה. בְּשִׁבְעָה בוֹ, בְּנֵי יוֹנָדָב בֶּן רֵכָב. בַּעֲשָׂרָה בוֹ, בְּנֵי סְנָאָה בֶן בִּנְיָמִין. בַּחֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר בּוֹ, בְּנֵי זַתּוּא בֶן ...


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One of the more obvious one - but seeing as it is relevant now... 9 are the days concluding the three weeks and climaxing with Tisha B'Av


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The Gemara in Bava Kamma 55a writes: א"ר יהושע הרואה טי"ת בחלומו סימן יפה לו Rabbi Yehoshua says: If one sees the letter tet in his dream, it is a good sign for him.


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Name of a trope or Taam for the Torah and Haftarah reading. The Sefardic name of it is Revi'a whereas according to the Ashkenaze tradition its name is Revii


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If a 1/4th of a cup of wine consists of sediments (שמרי יין) and 3/4 is water, one may say a bracha borey pri hagafen on it. S.A. 204:5


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I don't know if this qualifies.... But there are two instances of 24,000 people dying. Bamidbar 25:9 - 24,000 people died and only stopped after Pinchas killed Kozbi bas Tzur and Zimri ben Salu Yevamos 62b - Rebbi Akiva had 12,000 pairs of students who died for not showing honour to one another.


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Reish Lakish would ask Rebbi Yochanan 24 questions when they learnt together - Bava Metziah 84a


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Ezra 2:13 בְּנֵי֙ אֲדֹ֣נִיקָ֔ם שֵׁ֥שׁ מֵא֖וֹת שִׁשִּׁ֥ים וְשִׁשָּֽׁה: The children of Adonikam were six hundred sixty-six.


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It's the amount of gold Shlomo Hamelech received every year. Melachim I 10:14 וַֽיְהִי֙ מִשְׁקַ֣ל הַזָּהָ֔ב אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֥א לִשְׁלֹמֹ֖ה בְּשָׁנָ֣ה אֶחָ֑ת שֵׁ֥שׁ מֵא֛וֹת שִׁשִּׁ֥ים וָשֵׁ֖שׁ כִּכַּ֥ר זָהָֽב׃ The weight of the gold which Solomon received every year was 666 talents of gold. This is from a comment by moses on this post about the significance of ...


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Bava Metzia 4:8: חֲמִשָּׁה חֻמְשִׁין הֵן. הָאוֹכֵל תְּרוּמָה, וּתְרוּמַת מַעֲשֵׂר, וּתְרוּמַת מַעֲשֵׂר שֶׁל דְּמַאי, וְהַחַלָּה, וְהַבִּכּוּרִים מוֹסִיף חֹמֶשׁ. וְהַפּוֹדֶה נֶטַע רְבָעִי וּמַעֲשֵׂר שֵׁנִי שֶׁלּוֹ, מוֹסִיף חֹמֶשׁ. הַפּוֹדֶה אֶת הֶקְדֵּשׁוֹ, מוֹסִיף חֹמֶשׁ. הַנֶּהֱנֶה בְשָׁוֶה פְרוּטָה מִן הַהֶקְדֵּשׁ, מוֹסִיף חֹמֶשׁ. וְהַגּוֹזֵל אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ ...


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God’s daily schedule is divided into quarters: Yet Rab Judah said in the name of Rab: ‘The day consists of twelve hours; during the first three hours the Holy One, blessed be He, is occupying Himself with the Torah, during the second three He sits in judgment on the whole world, and when He sees that the world is so guilty as to deserve destruction, He ...


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It is a biblical estimate for 1/π - the ratio between the diameter of a circle and its circumference: וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת-הַיָּם, מוּצָק: עֶשֶׂר בָּאַמָּה מִשְּׂפָתוֹ עַד-שְׂפָתוֹ עָגֹל סָבִיב, וְחָמֵשׁ בָּאַמָּה קוֹמָתוֹ, וקוה (וְקָו) שְׁלֹשִׁים בָּאַמָּה, יָסֹב אֹתוֹ סָבִיב. Kings I chapter 7, verse 23. "And he [Hiram] made a molten sea, ten cubits from ...


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הידור מצוה עד שליש בב"ק ט There's a Mitzvah to 'beautify' or enhance a Mitzvah like Tallis, Tzitzis & Arba Minim (Examples are from Rashi there) up to a third over original costs.


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שאלת חכם חצי תשובה Not sure on top of my head the source. Roughly translates to 'A wise question is half the Answer'. חצי נזק Concept that says only half the damage value are due in some instances, eg an ox that doesn't normally purposely damage (ב"ק פ"ה מ"א).


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According to some mefarshim, Bilaam declared that no one can even count a fourth of Klal Yisrael (Bamidbar 23:10): מִ֤י מָנָה֙ עֲפַ֣ר יַעֲקֹ֔ב וּמִסְפָּ֖ר אֶת־רֹ֣בַע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל תָּמֹ֤ת נַפְשִׁי֙ מ֣וֹת יְשָׁרִ֔ים וּתְהִ֥י אַחֲרִיתִ֖י כָּמֹֽהוּ׃ Rashi brings one approach like this. It's stated a bit clearer in the commentary of the Bechor Shor (as one ...


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Ram sacrifices had 1/3 of a Hin of oil in the meal offering and 1/3 of a Hin as a libation. From Bamidbar 15:6-7 אוֹ לָאַיִל תַּעֲשֶׂה מִנְחָה, סֹלֶת שְׁנֵי עֶשְׂרֹנִים, בְּלוּלָה בַשֶּׁמֶן, שְׁלִשִׁית הַהִין. וְיַיִן לַנֶּסֶךְ, שְׁלִשִׁית הַהִין--תַּקְרִיב רֵיחַ-נִיחֹחַ, לַיהוָה. In the case of a ram, you shall present as a meal offering: two-tenths of a ...


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Hillel HaZaken would give half of his daily income in order to learn torah. See Yuma 35b: אמרו עליו על הלל הזקן שבכל יום ויום היה עושה ומשתכר בטרפעיק חציו היה נותן לשומר בית המדרש וחציו לפרנסתו ולפרנסת אנשי ביתו פעם אחת לא מצא להשתכר ולא הניחו שומר בית המדרש להכנס עלה ונתלה וישב על פי ארובה כדי שישמע דברי אלהים חיים מפי שמעיה ואבטליון They said about Hillel ...


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צרת רבים חצי נחמה While this normally is translated as the English statement "misery loves company," it literally means "suffering of the public is half of the comforting."


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Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpot 236:1 speaks about a non-Jew who is oppressing a Jew by threat of death unless he redeems himself with either his field or house, and only upon doing so, will the non-Jew leave him alone. If this gentile then seeks to sell the property, the oppressed Jew takes precedence over anyone else to buy it back if he can. If however ...


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The Gemoro in Rosh Hashono 31b writes: ואידך דתני' גר שנתגייר בזמן הזה צריך שיפריש רובע לקינו אמר רשב"א כבר נמנה עליה רבן יוחנן וביטלה מפני התקלה And the other, as it is taught in a baraisa: A convert who converts nowadays is required to set aside a quarter-shekel for his nest, i.e., his pair of doves. By Torah law a convert must bring two burnt-...


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The Gemoro in Nazir 38a writes: א"ר אבהו א"ר אלעזר כל רביעיות שבתורה אין היתר מצטרף לאיסור חוץ מרביעית שבנזיר שהרי אמרה תורה משרת Rabbi Abbahu said that Rabbi Elazar said: With regard to every halakha that is in the Torah that involves a quarter-log, a permitted substance does not combine with a forbidden substance to complete this measure, apart ...


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A quarter (reviit) of a log is a measure frequently found in halacha, particulrly for drinking such as wine. In most (all?) cases a cup of blessing must hold a reviit. Similarly, the cup used for washing one's hands must hold a reviit.


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4 animals mentioned in the Torah that have only one Siman of Tahara and are thus Non-Kosher. (Leviticus 11:4, Deuteronomy 14:7). Only 1 out of 4 of the non kosher animals with only one sign of Kashrus, has a split hoof yet does not chew its cud. וְאֶת-הַחֲזִיר כִּי-מַפְרִיס פַּרְסָה הוּא, וְלֹא גֵרָה


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Reva (רבע), one of the five kings of Midian killed by Am Yisrael (Bamidbar 31:8).


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Yechezkel (chs. 45 and 48) describes the future redivision of Eretz Yisrael, and the area within it that will be allotted for the Beis Hamikdash, the dwellings of the Kohanim and Leviim, and the city of Jerusalem. The total area is 25000 rods (each of 6 amos) square. He then says (48:20): כָּל־הַתְּרוּמָ֗ה חֲמִשָּׁ֤ה וְעֶשְׂרִים֙ אֶ֔לֶף בַּחֲמִשָּׁ֥ה ...


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The Sof Zman Kriyas Shema in the morning is (three hours) or a quarter of the day.


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Here you have 1, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4: And in our days, when it is common to lease a bath house for a year, a half-year, a third, or a quarter, as a field (is leased), it is permitted to rent a bath house to a gentile. [Bartenura on Mishnah Avodah Zarah 1:9]


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Here you have 1, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4: And in our days, when it is common to lease a bath house for a year, a half-year, a third, or a quarter, as a field (is leased), it is permitted to rent a bath house to a gentile. [Bartenura on Mishnah Avodah Zarah 1:9]


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Sforno on Genesis 4:15: God decreed therefore that when someone killed half the human race, or at least a third of the human race, the appropriate vengeance would involve a twice sevenfold penalty.


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The Rambam says: The day and the night consist of twenty-four hours. It is enough that a man should sleep a third of it, which is eight hours. [Mishneh Torah, Human Dispositions 4:4]


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The mishna in Ma'asrot (1:3), when talking about how ripe different things need to be before ma'aser can be taken from them, says that ma'aser can be taken from olives and grains once they are a third of their full ripeness: הֶחָרוּבִין, מִשֶּׁיִּנָּקֵדוּ. וְכָל הַשְּׁחוֹרִים, מִשֶּׁיִּנָּקְדוּ. הָאֲגָסִים וְהַקְּרֻסְטוֹמֵלִין וְהַפָּרִישִׁין וְהָעֻזְרָדִים,...


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"...He said to Isaac: Your children have sinned against Me. Isaac said before Him: Master of the Universe, are they my children and not Your children? At Sinai, when they accorded precedence to “We will do” over “We will listen” before You, didn’t You call them, “My son, My firstborn son Israel” (Exodus 4:22)? Now that they have sinned, are they my ...


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The demon of the bathroom escorts you for half a mil: תנו רבנן הבא מבית הכסא אל ישמש מטתו עד שישהה שיעור חצי מיל מפני ששד בית הכסא מלוה עמו ואם שימש הוויין לו בנים נכפים On coming from a privy a man should not have sexual intercourse till he has waited long enough to walk half a mil, because the demon of the privy is With him for that time; if he does, his ...


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Half of man’s waking hours are spent praying, eating, and relieving himself: כמה שנותיו של אדם שבעים שנה דל עשרין דלא ענשת עלייהו פשו להו חמשין דל עשרין וחמשה דלילותא פשו להו עשרין וחמשה דל תרתי סרי ופלגא דצלויי ומיכל ודבית הכסא פשו להו תרתי סרי ופלגא How many are the years of man? Seventy. Subtract twenty, for which Thou dost not punish, [and] there remain ...


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The Zman Tefila for Shacharis is (four hours) or a third of the day.


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Meguilat Esther 7:1 "What is your request, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. Even if it be up to half the kingdom ("חצי המלכות"), it shall be fulfilled" (Artscroll Translation)


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You can’t marry half a woman: חצייך מקודשת לי אינה מקודשת ‘half of thee be betrothed to me,’ she is not betrothed. (Kiddushin 7a, Soncino translation)


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Yom Tov is regarded as Chatzi L'Hashem and Chatzi lachem (half for Hashem and half for you) - Refer to Gemoro Beitzah 15b


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The concept of מחצה על מחצה in shas e.g. in Bava Basra 23b: מתני׳ ניפול הנמצא בתוך חמשים אמה הרי הוא של בעל השובך חוץ מחמשים אמה הרי הוא של מוצאו נמצא בין שני שובכות קרוב לזה שלו קרוב לזה שלו מחצה על מחצה שניהם יחלוקו MISHNA: With regard to a dove chick [nippul] that was found within fifty cubits of a dovecote, it belongs to the owner of the dovecote. If it ...


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 486: Some hold that the size of Kezayis is half the size of a Kebeitza.


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Some people sit half an hour at the Chanukah candles after it is lit.


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The concept of chatzi-shiur e.g. in Yoma 74a כל היכא דתני ענוש כרת לא תני אסור והתניא אע"פ שאמרו אסור בכולן לא אמרו ענוש כרת אלא על האוכל ושותה ועושה מלאכה בלבד הכי קאמר כשאמרו אסור לא אמרו אלא בכחצי שיעור אבל כשיעור ענוש כרת ואף על פי שענוש כרת אין ענוש כרת אלא אוכל ושותה ועושה מלאכה בלבד The Gemara’s initial assumption is that the mishna’s use of the ...


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The Gemoro in Kiddushin 30a writes: לעולם ישלש אדם שנותיו שליש במקרא שליש במשנה שליש בתלמוד A person should always divide his years into three parts: A third for Torah, a third for Mishna, and a third for Talmud.


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The Gemoro in Bava Metzia 42a writes: וא"ר יצחק לעולם ישליש אדם את מעותיו שליש בקרקע ושליש בפרקמטיא ושליש תחת ידו And Rabbi Yitzcḥak says: A person should always divide his money into three; he should bury one-third in the ground, and invest one-third in business [bifrakmatya], and keep one-third in his possession.


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Mincha Gedola starts half an hour after Chatzos.


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The Gemoro in Shabbos 20a talks about how bishul takes effect from the moment that a solid food becomes edible. The Gemoro talks about Ben Drosai who was a robber who didn't have time for his food to be completely cooked: גְּמָ׳ וְכַמָּה? אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר אָמַר רַב: כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּצּוֹלוּ מִבְּעוֹד יוֹם כְּמַאֲכָל בֶּן דְּרוֹסַאי. אִיתְּמַר נָמֵי, אָמַר ...


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Machatzit hashekel (half a shekel) for counting Yisrael in the desert and payment for the hekdesh (money for the Temple).


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