Why is the age of 30 important in the Bible? Joseph, Ezekiel, and many more were all around 30 yrs old.

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    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:08
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    Thirty is also the age when Levites can begin holy temple practice. Interesting ... Jul 8, 2011 at 12:34
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    Jul 8, 2011 at 15:19
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    I think this requires some editing - technically, almost EVERYONE is around 30 at SOME point in their lives... Do you mean "significant events happened to these individuals at 30 years of age?" Apr 3, 2016 at 15:33

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The Rashbam explains that at 30 one is worthy of leadership. L'Havdil in order to be President of the USA you have to be at least 35. Orach Chaim 581:1 mentions that a Baal Tefila for the High Holy days should be at least 30. The Mishna Berura explains that at 30 one is humble and broken hearted.

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    But to be a Senator in the U.S. one needs to be 30.
    – Seth J
    Sep 27, 2011 at 13:50

In addition to what Gershon wrote, the numbers 20, 30 and 40 can been seen as symbolic in more situations than just a person's age. At 20, one is just starting to be responsible. At 40, one has "completed" their transformation. 30 is the stage in between, where they haven't just started (gained wisdom and experience), and they haven't finished yet(they aren't perfect).

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