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INSIGHT: “Until 120”… EXACTLY 120!The 120-Year-Old ClubSpeaking of 120…

Until 120 Years Old!

Until 120 Years Old!

ומשה בן מאה ועשרים שנה במתו לא כהתה עינו ולא נס לחה

Think of the oldest person you know. Are they 80 years old? How about 90? Do you know anyone over 100? Really?! Over 110? Highly unlikely. Yet, the Jewish custom is to wish someone, especially on their birthday, “you should live till 120 years old.” In Hebrew, it’s “Ad Meih V’Esrim Shanah,” and in Yiddish we say “Biz a Hundert un Tzvonsik Yohr.”

Why 120?

Clearly, this number reminds us of the age of Moshe Rabbeinu when he passed away. It’s not that he was sick, quite the contrary! The Torah says here, “And Moshe was 120 years old when he died… his strength was not a bit weakened.” HaShem merely decided that his time was up… he had accomplished the mission given to him with flying colors!

Perhaps, this is (or ought to be) our wish to our friend and loved one, “At the ripe, old age of 120, may you have accomplished your mission for which HaShem placed you on planet earth… and in good health, just like Moshe Rabbeinu.”

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“Until 120”… EXACTLY 120!

BTW: Moshe Rabbeinu was not the only one who lived until 120. Believe it or not, the Midrash tells us of other great Jewish leaders who lived exactly until the age of 120.

They include Hillel, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai, Rabbi Akivah, and Rabbi Yehudah the Prince. Each were giants in their own time.

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The 120-Year-Old Club

BTW: Moshe Rabbeinu was not the only one who lived until 120. Believe it or not, the Midrash tells us of other great Jewish leaders who lived exactly until the age of 120.

They include Hillel, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai, Rabbi Akivah, and Rabbi Yehudah the Prince. Each were giants in their own time.

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Speaking of 120…

The great Spanish Torah Sage, Rabbeinu Bachya (1255-1340), pointed out this fascinating fact:

Moshe was up on the mountain with HaShem three times, each time for 40-days: 40 days for the first Luchos, 40 days pleading to HaShem, and the last 40 days receiving the second Luchos. Add them all up and what do you get? 120.

 

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