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It seems to be assumed (and I'll give an example in a second) that there is some connection between the 48 ways to acquire Torah (see the so-called sixth chapter of Avot) and the time of the year when we count the omer. What is the earliest source for this idea (or at least the earliest that you know of)? (48 being almost equal to 49 is not an acceptable answer.)

An example of the 'assumption' is this shiur being given at this time of the year. http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/876690/rabbi-dovid-gottlieb/48-kinyanei-torah-introduction/ Additionally, I have heard people discussing this in my local synagogues, but can't prove that to you...

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See the Chasam Sofer in the Droshos where he spends a significant amount of time explaining the connection. Also, many seforim note the connection between the 33 kinyan and lag baomer.

  • Welcome to mi yodeya. Thanks for the answer! – mevaqesh Apr 20 '17 at 17:15
  • Where is this in the derashot? – mevaqesh Apr 20 '17 at 17:15
  • Also, which 'seforim' do you refer to? Please note my edit to the question - I am looking for as early a source as possible. – Moshe Steinberg Apr 20 '17 at 17:23
  • What is 33 kinyan? – gt6989b Apr 20 '17 at 20:31
  • @gt6989b I believe he means the 33rd kinyan – robev Jul 11 '17 at 1:04

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