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Today we bless people to live as close to that limit as possible.

See also Ha’amek Davar who observes dryly that by then a person’s human faculties have virtually left him.

I also seen quoted from the Jerusalem Talmud that a person’s body will decay by 120, although his body may continue to function a bit longer than that (especially with modern medicine).

(In fact, Noah was commanded to begin construction of the ark a full 120 years in advance (and on top of a mountain) so that people would notice and inquire – and perhaps Noah’s response would stir them to repent in time.) A second possible source is Moses’s lifespan.

Moses lived till exactly 120 (Talmud Sotah 13b) – and on top of it the Torah attests that his energy and vitality did not diminish in the slightest before that time (Deut. We thus bless people today that they be granted the same long, productive life of our great teacher Moses.

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.

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.