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The point of saying לחודש שנים עשר is that in those days the months were still called by their number. The names of the month, which originated in Bavel, did not yet completely substitute the original format of numbers. Additionally, Haman made his Pur with twelve cards for the twelve months and he picked out the twelfth. This is why it is significant to ...


According to the footnote to this artice, the calculation of dates where death did not happen includes Isru Chag (the day after Pesach). This brings the total of "non-death days" back to 17, and solves our "off by one" problem.

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