Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why do we eat Unleavened for 8 days and NOT 7?

Please note that you have to eat Unleavened for 8 days. Not 7!!! This is a very important aspect that many people do not realize due to the wrong translations. 

Let's take a look at what the text says:
YLT Ex 12:15 Seven days ye eat unleavened things; only--in the first day ye cause leaven to cease out of your houses; for any one eating anything fermented from the first day till the seventh day, even that person hath been cut off from Israel. 
YLT Ex 12:16  'And in the first day is a holy convocation, and in the seventh day ye have a holy convocation; any work is not done in them, only that which is eaten by any person--it alone is done by you, 
YLT Ex 12:17 and ye have observed the unleavened things, for in this self-same day I have brought out your hosts from the land of Egypt, and ye have observed this day to your generations--a statute age-during.
As you can see, traditional translation translate the Hebrew word "שבעת"(shevat) as "seven". This is not correct. Correct term for "seven" would be "שבע"(sheva), without the "tav" at the end. When there is "tav" at the end, the meaning of the word is "from Shabbat to Shabbat" or "8 days".

Everywhere where the word "שבעת"(shevat) is used, the meaning is from Shabbat to Shabbat.

This is confirmed by two things: 

First of all, it is the Moon that shows us that there are 8 days between two Shabbats. There are 8 days if you count from a phase to a phase. So we have a scientific observation that can't be denied.

And the second reason is that if it was indeed 7 days we would have a Holy Meeting + Shabbat combination which is not explainable according to the Torah.

So remember that when you see the word "שבעת"(shevat) in the Torah, it means 8, NOT 7!

P.S The only inconsistency I noticed in the entire Torah when it comes to this word is Numbers 8:2, where it says "שבעת"(shevat) lamps, which is most certainly a misspelling. It should be "שבע"(sheva). This word was edited according to Kennicott so there is no doubt in my mind that this is a defective spelling. All other passages match the meaning "from Shabbat to Shabbat" or "8".

Interestingly enough, Jews in diaspora (not in Israel) celebrate the Unleavened for 8 days indeed. See their calendar and compare it to mine. Unfortunately, they have no idea why they do it, but they appear to do it correctly. What do you know, right? ;)

P.P.S. It is possible to interpret the passages about Passover as meaning to count from the day AFTER Passover. This way, it is possible to count 7 days and not 8. Regardless, we count 8 days - from Shabbat to Shabbat.

P.P.P.S Here is another article that says pretty much the same thing.


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