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In Judaism, many numbers are significant for one of more reasons.

Contents

12345678910</br> 11121314151617181920</br> 22232425262728293033</br>40424950546063708090</br> 100120147150175180200</br> 245248300365374400586</br> 600601613702930950969</br> 304,805References</br>

1

2

3

  • A symbol of holiness. The Holy of Holies occupied one-third, and the Holy Place two-thirds, of the entire Temple.
  • There were three vessels each for the altar of burnt offering, the altar of incense, and the Ark.
  • The candlestick had twice three arms (besides the shaft, which also held a lamp), and each arm had three knobs.
  • The priestly blessing consists of three sections (Num. vi. 24, 25)
  • In kedusha, word "holy" is recited three times.
  • The patriarchs of the Jewish people[3]
  • The number of prayers recited daily[3]
  • The number of Shabbat meals[3]
  • The number of shofar sounds[3]
  • The Shalosh Ragalim (Jewish festivals): Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot[4]
  • The gematria of the Hebrew letter ג
  • Number of aliyot for a Torah reading on a weekday or at mincha
  • Date in Tishrei of the Fast of Gedalia

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

  • One of two numbers that is written differently from the conventions of writing numbers in Hebrew in order to avoid writing the name of G-d.[7] The other is 16.
  • Date of the Hebrew month on which the full moon occurs. Several holidays occur on this date: Pesach, Tu B'Av, Sukkot, Tu B'Shevat, and Shushan Purim.

16

  • One of two numbers that is written differently from the conventions of writing numbers in Hebrew in order to avoid writing the name of G-d. The other is 15.

17

18

  • Gematria of "CHAI" חַי, the Hebrew word for life. Numbers evenly divisible by this number are considered good luck.
  • The maximum number of minutes matzah is allowed to bake in order to be considered kosher for Pesach
  • Date in the month of Iyar when Lag Ba'omer occurs

19

20

22

23

24

  • Total number of books in the Tanakh

25

  • Date in the month of Elul on which creation began
  • Date in the month of Kislev Chanukah begins

26

27

28

29

30

33

40

42

49

50

54

60

63

  • Total tractates in the six books of the Mishnah

70

80

90

100

120

147

150

175

180

200

245

  • Words in the Shema prayer

248

300

365

374

400

586

600

601

613

702

930

950

969

304,805

  • Total number of letters in the Torah

References

  1. Yaffa Ganz, Who Knows One?: A Book of Jewish Numbers, Nanuet, N.Y.: Feldheim Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-87306-285-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yaffa Ganz, Who Knows One?: A Book of Jewish Numbers, Nanuet, N.Y.: Feldheim Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-87306-285-X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yaffa Ganz, Who Knows One?: A Book of Jewish Numbers, Nanuet, N.Y.: Feldheim Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-87306-285-X.
  4. Yaffa Ganz, Who Knows One?: A Book of Jewish Numbers, Nanuet, N.Y.: Feldheim Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-87306-285-X.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Gabriella Samuel, The Kabbalah Handbook: A Concise Encyclopedia of Terms and Concepts in Jewish Mysticism, New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2007. p. 242. ISBN 1-58542-560-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Gabriella Samuel, The Kabbalah Handbook: A Concise Encyclopedia of Terms and Concepts in Jewish Mysticism, New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2007. p. 243. ISBN 1-58542-560-5.
  7. Wayne Dosick, Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and Practice, New York: HarperCollins, 1995. p. 155. ISBN 0-06-062179-6.

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