I was curious about the blessing we give people to live till 120 years. Is that just a nice, very high number, or is that considered the upper limit?I wouldn’t think so since there was a woman who did live till 122 in recent years. In fact, I'd been going about being single all wrong. When I started seeing my husband, aka the first guy I wasn't embarrassed to tell my therapist about, I was gobsmacked to realize how much I hadn't known about dating before then.Bechaye, Sforno) understand that verse differently. The limit of 120 years was not a permanent decree on man’s lifespan, but a final deadline God had given mankind before his destruction.If man would not repent within the next 120 years, the Flood would ensue.
(paradise), life has never been without problems, but these are the normal stresses of everyday life.
The average person, knowing he had so many centuries to go, did not fear death and his ultimate encounter with God.
He had many years to live and enjoy himself first, with virtually no sense of his mortality.
(See also Talmud Chullin 139b which sees a hint to Moses’s future lifespan in the 120 years mentioned before the Flood.
The Torah thus implied that the perfect lifespan attainable would now be one such as his.) According to the first explanation, that God decreed 120 as the upper limit, why do we find many postdiluvian human beings who exceeded that limit, from the days after the Flood and on?Alternatively, life is such a struggle between man’s body and soul, that with so many years to live, a person is bound to succumb over time.