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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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This idea is brought by Rashi in a few places, for example, here. This is also brought by Rabbeinu Bechayei a couple of times, for example, here. This is also brought by the Torah Temima and Kad Hakemach. A number of other commentators, such as Abarbanel and Ramban, bring the idea in the name of Rashi. The idea is based on a midrash that appears in multiple ...


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It seems perfectly reasonable to read the passuk as saying the 42 cities should serve the same function as the six cities mentioned in the beginning of the verse. The Torah went out of its way to mention that these six cities are for refuge specifically in this verse. The Ramban does imply that this is not the only way to read the verse, as he writes ואני ...


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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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