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Daf 33(b) in Shabbos is where the story of Lag BaOmer (Rashbi's cave) is told

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Checkmark for cool coincidence. –  Isaac Moses May 10 '10 at 17:17

33 are the side chambers (tzela'os) surrounding the Sanctuary, in the third Beis Hamikdash (Ez. 41:6).

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  1. Of the 70 souls that went down to Egypt with Jacob, 33 were from his wife Leah (Bereishis 46:15).
  2. The 33 days of pure blood after the birth of a male child (Vayikra 12: 4)
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The 33rd day of the Omer is a festive day.

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* facepalm* sheesh –  Seth J Mar 27 '12 at 23:44
@SethJ ....... ? –  yydl Mar 28 '12 at 2:15
You know what Lag stands for, right? –  Seth J Mar 28 '12 at 3:41
@SethJ, better now? –  msh210 Mar 28 '12 at 5:40
@msh210 IIRC Sephardim still have nihugei aveilut on the 33rd. Not so festive for them! –  Double AA Mar 28 '12 at 5:47

33 are the original masechtos that have a Gemara Talmud Bavli on them (Bava Kama, Metzia, and Basra were originally one large masechta called Maseches Nezikin, and Makkos was originally the end of Maseches Sanhedrin)

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What of Shekalim, which is Yerushalmi? –  Noach mi Frankfurt Feb 20 '14 at 18:43
@NoachmiFrankfurt Thus I didn't count it... –  yEz Feb 20 '14 at 18:44
I wasn't sure, that's why I asked, thanks for clarifying. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Feb 20 '14 at 18:53

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