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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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The sources are brought in the footnotes here. On the specific question of where it comes from, several Rishonim write that this is a tradition from the Geonim (for example the Meiri on that Gemera). Some have a version of the Gemara that is "פרוס עצרת" - half way, in other words half a month, or 15 days, before Shavuos, which would be the 34th day of the ...



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