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Who knows ninety-seven?

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Yaakov was 97 when he left the house of Lavan:

63 when he received the brachos

14 years in yeshiva

20 years by Lavan

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There are 97 chapters in Sefer Zemanim, the third book (and second-longest) of the Rambam's Mishneh Torah.

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According to those who say Rivka was 14 when she married Yitzchak, she was 97 when Yitzchak blessed Yaakov:

14 years at marriage

20 years until Yaakov was born

63 years until Yaakov received the brachos

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Zman = 97 and Yom Kippur is considered L'maalah Min H'Zman.

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As Shalom pointed out elsewhere, Parshas Tzav has 97 pesukim -- though the 'siman' given at the end of the parsha is the eponymous צו, which equals 96.

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