On February 26th morning my father passed away in his sleep. He was over 85 years old and was taken to the hospital the evening before with stomach pains. He was being treated and stayed in the hospital for observation and follow up. Later he fell into a sleep and never woke up.
He was 85 years old and he had raised seven children, four boys and three girls.
Why is he happy?
He appeared to my sister in a dream and told us that he is on his way up and he is happy. He looked like a person who was just released from prison. He looked very healthy like in his best days.
My mother passed away a little over a year earlier and now that my father passed away, it closed a chapter of a generation. From now on it is up to us to continue and do our part.
When both parents are gone then their descendants inherit their spiritual path. This determines the ability and the kind of spiritual work they\’ll do. If the parents were spiritual and in their actions they were sharing and helping others, then it would be easy for the children to follow that path. If not then they have harder work. The age of the parents when they are gone is also an indication on the spiritual work of the children. This is the secret behind the second commandment, which I wrote about in a previous article on http://rabbishimon.com.
My mother had a hard life with a lot of suffering. She became an orphan and homeless at a young age. Such situation indicates building a new spiritual path or correcting a big tikkun from her parents or before. Remember that a woman shares a tikkun with her soul mate even prior to their marriage. My mother was born in Yemen and the authorities of that time used to take all orphans and convert them to Islam. To save her and to keep her faith the community arranged a quick marriage for her at age 14.
Three years later her husband became ill and in a week he passed away leaving her with two infants. Her brother whose wife had died shortly after giving birth to a son offered my mother to come and stay with him, nurse and care for his son. She had a temporary place to live with food and shelter for her two children until she married my father.
My father also lost his father at a young age and had to work for a living harder than other youngsters at his age. After my parents got married they walked many miles to the airport where they can take a plane (old WW II Dakota) from Yemen to Israel. The story of my parents life was full of challenges. My parents always took care to educate their children on generosity, sharing and being happy with what you have.
There is only one thing that I am sad about and it is the fact that my father and mother passed away before the revelation of Mashiach. I was hoping that they could pull longer to see Mashiach, who I believe is already amongst us, awaiting “the day”.
May the souls of my parents ascend to higher levels and get resurrected soon, Amen.
Next article will be on what is a generation and the process of the soul after leaving the body.