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Who knows thirty-three?

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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
  • @IsaacMoses eh. Vilna shas was a printing convention. May have been intentional... – Isaac Kotlicky May 5 '17 at 4:35
  • What does the Gemara have to do with Lag Baomer? – mevaqesh May 16 '17 at 16:22
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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
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    @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
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King David ruled in Jerusalem for 33 years (Shmuel2 5:5)

וּבִירוּשָׁלַםִ מָלַךְ שְׁלֹשִׁים וְשָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנָה

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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 MiFrankfurt Feb 20 '14 at 18:43
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt Thus I didn't count it... – Y     e     z Feb 20 '14 at 18:44
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    I wasn't sure, that's why I asked, thanks for clarifying. – Noach MiFrankfurt Feb 20 '14 at 18:53
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In Diaspora, 33 hakafot are made between the start of Succot and the end of Simchat Torah, if you include those that have the minhag to do Hakafot on Shmini Atzeret night as well. Here's how this works:

On each day of Succot, 1 hakafah is done. Of the first 6 days, one is always on Shabbat, where no hakafah is done that day. So, that totals 5

On Hoshanah Rabba - 7 hakafot Shemini Atzeret night - 7 hakafot Simchat Torah night - 7 hakafot Simchat Torah day - 7 hakafot

Total= 33

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33 days from when Moshe died (7 Adar) to when Bnei Yisrael entered the land of Israel (10 Nisan) (which perhaps means that the last of the manna to fall before Moshe died lasted for 33 days).

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