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Who knows one hundred twenty-seven?

Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will:

  • Upvote all interesting answers.

  • Accept the best answer.

  • Go on to the next number.

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The age of our foremother Sarah when she died. (Genesis 23:1.)

  • And there's some medrish about the merit of Sarah ... that her descendant Esther would reign over 127 states; something like that? Can anyone help here? – Shalom Nov 16 '10 at 19:48
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    It's R' Akiva trying to excite his students. See בראשית רבה נח:ג - hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9658&st=&pgnum=480 – WAF Nov 17 '10 at 1:22
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Sheva v'esrim umeya medinah. ("Medinah" is feminine, hence "sheva" not "shiv'a.")

127 were the states governed by King Ahasueros (Esther 1:1)

Isn't there an English book called "127" with 127 thoughts on Purim out there?

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127 years ago (July 1883) was the "Treifa Banquet" instigating the split between Conservative and Reform doctrines.

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    must be some symbolic connection to Ahasueros' party – Jeremy Dec 2 '10 at 15:35
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According to the opinion that Avraham recognized Hashem at age 48 (Bereishis Rabbah 95:3), he served Hashem for 127 years (175 minus 48).

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