How much time do you have to live?

People tend to complain. In our world it could be called to comment or to share, or in a politically correct word ventilation.

Asking the question above, it’s no easy. When I asked my students this question in a lesson about Ecclesiastes 3 some were confused. I assume that this is now what they have expected to be asked.

In Genesis 47 Jacob was asked how old he is by Pharaoh Jacob answered as written:

״וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יַעֲקֹב֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֔ה יְמֵי֙ שְׁנֵ֣י מְגוּרַ֔י שְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים וּמְאַ֖ת שָׁנָ֑ה מְעַ֣ט וְרָעִ֗ים הָיוּ֙ יְמֵי֙ שְׁנֵ֣י חַיַּ֔י וְלֹ֣א הִשִּׂ֗יגוּ אֶת־יְמֵי֙ שְׁנֵי֙ חַיֵּ֣י אֲבֹתַ֔י בִּימֵ֖י מְגוּרֵיהֶֽם׃״

And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”

From this answer we can see how frustrated is Jacob. He didn’t live so much as his fathers, and he also added that his life was evil.

130 it’s a lot of time. No one reached this number in the last centuries. Jacob would have 17 more years.

If you would have known the answer to the question above would you live your life differently? Would you change the question to what new and good this day would bring me even if I won’t know the day of death?

Write me, I would love to read!

Gemar Chatimah Tovah from Israel!


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