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According to Rabbi Prof. Yoel Elitzur in his essay on this question, the Bavli's understanding seems to come from the list of cities in Divrei Hayamim, where it says, for example (1:6:42): "וְלִבְנֵי אַהֲרֹן נָתְנוּ אֶת עָרֵי הַמִּקְלָט אֶת חֶבְרוֹן וְאֶת לִבְנָה וְאֶת מִגְרָשֶׁיהָ וְאֶת יַתִּר וְאֶת אֶשְׁתְּמֹעַ וְאֶת מִגְרָשֶׁיהָ" While in ...


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Recall leap years are in years 3-6-8-11-14-17-19 of a nineteen year period. A three year period with one leap year is 37 months, which will push forward the Molad a mere 15 hours and 181 parts. Three of those will push it off 1 day 21 hours and 543 parts, or just 2697 parts (=2 hours 537 parts) shy of 2 days. That's possible in years 8-11-14-17 of the leap ...


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To answer your second question, I don't think it's a typo. I think it depends on whether you count Ramesses. It's considered a stop in the overall 42, but they didn't actually travel there. That's where they left Egypt from. On your first question, the first 11 encampments being in the first year is based on the verses that say that Bnei Yisrael were still ...


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