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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rav Fish Quoting the Gr"a on Long Leap Years

A Hebrew calendar year can have 353, 354, or 355 days in a non-leap year, and 383, 384, or 385 days in a leap year.

Rav Fish quotes the Gr"a's commentary on Tikkunei Zohar (Word doc, p. 21), where he says that a year of 385 days is considered complete according to both the lunar and solar calendars. This is derived from the verse כִּי-בְשִׂמְחָה תֵצֵאוּ, וּבְשָׁלוֹם תּוּבָלוּן [For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace], which is a verse that deals with the Final Redemption.  The word שמחה [joy] has the gematria of 353 - corresponding to the number of days in the shortest lunar year.  Add the ב making בשמחה, and you get a full non-leap year of 355 days.  However, without adding 30 days - as we do in leap years - it will not be complete in the solar year.  When we add כי making כי בשמחה, then we have a full year of 385 days, which is complete according to both lunar and solar calendars.  And 385 is the gematria of שכינה, which should become full.

Rav Fish notes that we see from the words of the Gr"a that a 385-day year is auspicious for Redemption.  And if you notice from the chart below, four leap-years in a row have 385 days - something that hasn't happened in recent history: 5771, 5774, 5776, and 5779.

(Rav Fish's statement that there are only three 385-day leap-years in a row and there are no more 385-day years after 5776 until the end of the millennium is apparently in error.  Perhaps, he meant no more 4 consecutive 385-day leap-years until the end of the millennium, which I haven't verified, but believe to be very possible.)

Furthermore, Rav Fish brings down another source in Tikkunei Zohar that 385 is a Sod of Redemption and yet another source in Tikkunei Zohar that a leap year hints to the unification of Redemption.

Especially due to the prevalence of 385-day years during this decade, may this year be the year where we see our Final Redemption, Amen.

Year Leap? Length
5787 Yes 385
5786 No 354
5785 No 355
5784 Yes 383
5783 No 355
5782 Yes 384
5781 No 353
5780 No 355
5779 Yes 385
5778 No 354
5777 No 353
5776 Yes 385
5775 No 354
5774 Yes 385
5773 No 353
5772 No 354
5771 Yes 385
5770 No 355
5769 No 354
5768 Yes 383
5767 No 355
5766 No 354
5765 Yes 383
5764 No 355
5763 Yes 385
5762 No 354
5761 No 353
5760 Yes 385
5759 No 355
5758 No 354
5757 Yes 383
5756 No 355
5755 Yes 384
5754 No 355
5753 No 353
5752 Yes 385
5751 No 354
5750 No 355
5749 Yes 383
5748 No 354
5747 No 355
5746 Yes 383
5745 No 354
5744 Yes 385
5743 No 355
5742 No 354
5741 Yes 383
5740 No 355
5739 No 355
5738 Yes 384
5737 No 353
5736 Yes 385
5735 No 354
5734 No 355
5733 Yes 383
5732 No 355
5731 No 354
5730 Yes 383
5729 No 355
5728 No 354
5727 Yes 385
5726 No 353
5725 Yes 385
5724 No 354
5723 No 355
5722 Yes 383
5721 No 354
5720 No 355
5719 Yes 383
5718 No 354
5717 Yes 385
5716 No 355
5715 No 354
5714 Yes 383
5713 No 355
5712 No 355
5711 Yes 384
5710 No 353
5709 No 355
5708 Yes 385
5707 No 354
5706 Yes 383
5705 No 355
5704 No 354
5703 Yes 383
5702 No 355
5701 No 354
5700 Yes 385
5699 No 353
5698 Yes 385
5697 No 354
5696 No 355
5695 Yes 383
5694 No 354
5693 No 355
5692 Yes 385
5691 No 354
5690 No 353
5689 Yes 385
5688 No 354
5687 Yes 383
5686 No 355
5685 No 355
5684 Yes 384
5683 No 353
5682 No 355
5681 Yes 385
5680 No 354
5679 Yes 383
5678 No 355
5677 No 354
5676 Yes 385
5675 No 353
5674 No 354
5673 Yes 385
5672 No 355
5671 No 354
5670 Yes 383

4 Comments:

At Sun Jan 26, 05:35:00 PM 2014, Blogger LondonMale said...

Years 5708 (1948 Israeli Independence) and 5727 (Six Day War Recapture of West Bank and Gaza) both had 385 days.

 
At Sun Jan 26, 07:24:00 PM 2014, Blogger yaak said...

Yes, I noticed that. They're also 19 years apart, so their years are similar.

 
At Sun Jan 26, 07:36:00 PM 2014, Blogger in the vanguard said...

Yaak 'ol buddy, you say "may this year be the year where we see our Final Redemption!"

It does NOT come in a day!
It is A PROCESS!

Can you not get that? It is NOT a SUDDEN, ALL-OR-NONE spectacle! IT IS A PROCESS - and like it or not, believe it or not - WE ARE IN IT !!

 
At Sun Jan 26, 07:52:00 PM 2014, Blogger yaak said...

Vanguard ol pal,

I'm not sure what you think it is that I am not "getting".

I agree that it is a process, and I also realize that when it is ready, it comes suddenly. There are dozens of sources for that.

And your "Rebbe as Mashiah" posts that vilify those who don't agree are not what I would call promoting achdus in Klal Yisrael, which is part of the aforementioned process. You claim that we have to know who Mashiah is right now, when such a definite identification many rightly consider dangerous.

 

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