Recently I took an Ancestry DNA test because I was curious about my family history. The results were not really surprising. It showed me as 96% Ashkenazic Jewish. What WAS interesting is that most of my ancestors hail from Austria and Belarus on my fathers side, which I never knew. I was able to connect with a distant cousin who actually lives right near me and led several H.S. music tours abroad with my children! We met up for lunch and she introduced me to the world of genealogy which has lit a fire in me. Determined to find out more about my father’s family, I started a family tree and within an hour, had found many records of his family and began to fill in some blanks. The answers have posed more questions and I’m excited to keep exploring and learning about my origins, my people and the soul and spirit memories which abide within me.
This time of the counting of the Omer, between Passover and Shavuot, is when we traditionally take a spiritual accounting of our strengths as well as our learning edges. As I continue to comb the past for answers I am also mindful of connecting with body, mind and spirit searching for the inherited gifts, truths and traumas which are embedded in me. These “soul memories” are key to making sense of who I aim today and will unlock doors into a world only imagined. The spirits of my ancestors feel so much closer and I can’t wait to discover more.
May we each continue to search and find the meaning and messages from the past. May those gifts and lessons inform and guide our future in our quest for love, forgiveness and peace.