364


Yom Kippur is the only day of the year on which the Satan is unable to lodge accusations against Klal Yisrael.  The gematria of the word haSatan is 364 (hei=5, sin=300, tes=9, nun=50; 5+300+9+50=364), for the Satan denounces Yisrael 364 days of the year.  But on the 365th day, Yom Kippur, Satan is powerless. ~ Maharsha, Yoma 2a
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2 Responses to 364

  1. ES says:

    I’m having trouble understanding this according to the Jewish (lunar) calendar in which there are only 354.25 days in a year. Any explanations?

    • Emuna Daily says:

      I was thinking the same thing. My original thought was that although we primarily use the lunar calendar in Judaism, we don’t ignore the solar calendar. I can’t think of an example, but I know it is used for something. However, it is still difficult considering we are discussing the previous year as it relates to YK, which should obviously be by the lunar calendar. I am also bothered by this, but I’m sure the Maharsha has his reasoning

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