This is Ramban's questions on the reason and benefit of Yaakov complaining to Pharaoh about his life (Gen 47, 9):

"וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־פַּרְעֹה יְמֵי שְׁנֵי מְגוּרַי שְׁלֹשִׁים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה מְעַט וְרָעִים הָיוּ יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיַּי וְלֹא הִשִּׂיגוּ אֶת־יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי אֲבֹתַי בִּימֵי מְגוּרֵיהֶם׃

And Jacob answered Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourn [on earth] are one hundred and thirty. Few and hard have been the years of my life, nor do they come up to the lifespans of my fathers during their sojourns.”


לא ידעתי טעם הזקן אבינו מה מוסר הוא שיתאונן אל המלך ומה טעם לאמר ולא השיגו את ימי שני חיי אבותי

Doesn't this behavior contradict (Kid 40) "תוהה על הראשונות" - whoever regrets the Mitzvos he's done, for everything Yaakov did was on [some divine] purpose?

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    Do you all -1 Ramban? – Al Berko Dec 16 '18 at 11:20

He's not saying "I wish I hadn't been good." Pharaoh sees he looks so utterly worn and haggard that Pharaoh can't help but ask -- good gracious, how old are you already?! Jacob then replies "well here's the number, and if I look worn-down, it's because I had a tough life."

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  • 1. Yaakov wasn't asked that he complained by himself. 2. It sounds כפוי טובה toward Hashem 3. You can put it into comments, not an answer. 4. Ramban asks that and I agree with him, just by saying he's not you're not answering anything. – Al Berko Dec 16 '18 at 11:22

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