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On day one, day one was not the first in a series of days, it was the one and only. See: How old is the world?—Aish
Tikkunei Zohar (introduction, 4b, passim) associates these with the verse (Ex. 3:15, זה שמי לעלם וזה זכרי לדר דר - "This is My name forever, and this is My remembrance for all generations." The reference there is to the Four-Lettered Name of Hashem, י-ה-ו-ה. Each of the terms in that verse ("My Name" and "My remembrance"), then, relates to one half of that ...
The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 114:1) states that "We begin saying (in the second beracha) Mashiv HaRuach U'Morid HaGeshem during the Mussaf prayer of the final Yom Tov [of Sukkot (i.e. Shemini Atzeret)] and do not cease until the Mussaf prayer of the first day of Pesach": מתחילין לומר בברכה שניה משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם בתפלת מוסף של יום טוב האחרון של חג ...
I don't know if there is a higher meaning to these numbers, but the fundamental idea that Chazal seem to be saying is that the Torah is all encompassing and every aspect of a person's life must be directed by Torah, its values and goals.
Seder Olam Rabbah 8 says the Jews left Sinai on 20 Iyar of Year 2 after the Exodus, traveled to Kibrot Hattaavah, spent 30 days there (because that's how long they ate the quail for Num 11:20), traveled to Chatzerot, spent 7 days there (because that's how long Miriam was expelled for Num 12:15), traveled to Midbar Paran, arriving on 28 Sivan or the same ...
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