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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.


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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