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Why do we bless people with "ad meah v'esrim"? Aren't we supposed to believe moshiach will come by then, and there will be eternal life (according to some opinions)? Thus by giving a blessing for a finite amount of years doesn't it show the lack of belief in the coming of Moshiach?

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judaism.stackexchange.com/a/2592/489 –  jake Jun 19 '12 at 2:12
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@jake That's either an answer or a duplicate. –  Double AA Jun 19 '12 at 2:28
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@jake I'm thinking it's a duplicate. Otherwise we can get infinite questions of the form "Halacha X implies a future death. But mashiach is coming!?!?!" –  Double AA Jun 19 '12 at 2:41
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@DoubleAA, I don't think it's a duplicate. It's a distinct question that happens to be answerable in one way with the same idea. Each question individually could well be answerable in other ways that don't make sense for each other. –  Isaac Moses Jun 19 '12 at 14:15
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user1445, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this interesting question! Please edit your profile and give yourself a name, unless you have some special attachment to the number 1445. :) –  Isaac Moses Jun 19 '12 at 14:16
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