This discussion is about how a heritage, culture, ideology or tradition can bring comfort, meaning, and solace spanning generations.
At the conclusion of the Passover Seder ritual meal some songs (Hymns) are sung by all attendees.
One is Echad, U'Mee Yodayah? (One - Who Knows One?).
Recently I was requested to provide end of life Pastoral Care to a woman who is coming to the end of this life due to complications of an incurable degenerative disease.
She knows me as I was the Chaplain who was with her late father three decades ago prior and at the time of his transition out of this life.
When she and/or her uncle, his brother came to visit him, I was there (24/7).
Her uncle suggested she request me to be there for her.
He also recommended that she inquire about the meaning of "Twelve".
Towards the end of his days. we would review and relate the best of times in his life.
Times of joy, pride and fulfillment.
One of his best memories was the singing of songs (Hymns) at the conclusion off the Passover Seder.
Up to a certain age, his daughter (the apple off his eye) would be perched, or climb up on his lap as they and all others at the holiday table would sing tradition Hymns.
Her favorite was "One - Who Knows One"?
The last of the verses is, Twelve - Who Knows Twelve?
Twelve refers to the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
How he delighted in singing that Hymn with me while still he could.
How close he and his beloved daughter, the one now exiting this plane of existence were when they sang that. It was her favorite melody and lyrics.
Yes, she asked. But why did her uncle have her ask, One rather than Twelve?
One is in the song title.
The connection is this.
Her late father, and her uncle as she is a member of the Levy (Levite) tribe.
As am I.
He felt a closer connection to me the first time we met based on that chance similarity.
As did her Uncle.
I never knew that, she related.
Can we sing that Hymn now?
Of course, I replied.
We sang it.
Each time I visited her we sang it.
As her late and dear Father and I did years ago.
It made her feel closer to her Father.
It brought back treasured memories of her childhood.
At the end, we held hands.
She said in a barely audible phrase, "Twelve, Who Knows Twelve?"
Then she transited from this life.
At peace, and smiling.
Do you have an example of how an ideology, culture, heritage, tradition or some other entity united generations and brought peace, and comfort?
If so, please feel free and encouraged to share it with us.
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