# Whoa… 5778… 2018… 8!

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Lightbrite
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Did you notice that 5778 goes into 2018… and both years end in 8?

5777 –> 2017 …. 7!
5776 -> 2016 …. 6!

I just noticed! Like within these 5 minutes (typed at 10:40pm EST on Dec. 2, 2017).

And now I see how easy it is to know the Jewish year… just put it in relation to whether Rosh Hashana is coming or past, and etc.

Has it always been this easy, with the new Gregorian year matching the ending # of the Jewish year?

Thank you 🙂

#1417101
Joseph
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This scheme is older than the Gregorian calendar. It was the same under the Julian calendar.

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iacisrmma
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Yeah I noticed it…when I was in elementary school 50+ years ago. And just so you shouldn’t be shocked 5800 will coincide with 2040 just as 5700 coincided with 1940.

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CS
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Did you notice that every major Jewish event in history ended with 8? Matan Torah 2448. Entering EY 2488
Churban 3338. How bout moshiach 5778.

I actually came across an article written 20 years ago saying how moshiach had to come 5778 and there were a bunch of angry comments that we don’t need to wait till then.

Something based on numbers -I’m not mathematical so didn’t quite get it.

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DovidBT
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These numbers are all based on decimal (base 10) representation. Why do we use base 10? Is it because we have ten fingers? If so, why do we have ten fingers?

#1426967
Meno
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Also I was born in a year ending with 8, so there must be something to it.

#1427385

We use base 10 because Hashem’s language, Lashon haKodesh,
is in base 10, and

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#1427578
DovidBT
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We use base 10 because Hashem’s language, Lashon haKodesh,
is in base 10

Is it possible that Lashon haKodesh uses base 10 because “the Torah speaks in the language of people [dibrah Torah kilshon b’nei adam]”?

#1427677
Lightbrite
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What does it mean for a language to be in base 10?

#1427777
DovidBT
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What does it mean for a language to be in base 10?

The Torah does a lot of counting. E.g., Bamidbar chapter 26.

#1427852

(Thanks for editing my previous post instead of deleting it, anonymous mod.)

“Base 10” means that the number system counts in 10s. After 10, you use 11,
which is “10 plus 1 more,” and then you get to 100, which is “ten 10s,” etc.

#1427854

I didn’t mean that the Torah counts using base 10;
I meant that the gematria values of the letters are in base 10.

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