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What prompted Pharaoh to ask Ya'akov's age?

1.

Ramban, Hadar Zekenim and Rashbam: Because he looked way beyond his hundred and thirty years. 1

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Moshav Zekenim #1: Yakov said that if Paro will let him return to his origin after the famine ends, fine. If not, I will return [now] and buy from Yosef. Paro asked, at your age, do you expect to live so long - how old are you?

3.

Moshav Zekenim (10) #2: In Paro's youth, he went to Avimelech to learn Derech Eretz, and saw Yitzchak. He now thought that Yakov is Yitzchak, and was astounded that he is still alive.


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In the days of the Avos, the life-span had already been cut short and, except for Tzadikim, people died at the age of seventy or eighty (See Ramban, 5:4), like it says in Tefilah l'Moshe (Tehilim 90:10).

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