the number of months & also is the number of sons of Jacob& the number of tribes they raised?
Even after civil warsand a divided kingdomand 10 of those tribes swept awaywe still have 12 months.
Everything can changebut time will not.The river runs into the sea to disappearbut the sun and the moon and the night and dayreturn and return.
Everything can changebut not family,which isalways is
or ought to be.Remember:Jacob’s sons hated,were cruel,departed/were cast down/ stolen to different places,sired 12 tribes steeped in war.But it should not have been this way.
Say that 12 isbecause we need a reminder& a question:
Even if we have come apartor become mired in cruelty—can we know we still frame one another,surround each other’s years & dayslike a living time?
Note: References to Kohelet inspired by the reading presented in אני קהלת: מקהלת קולות בדמות אחת by Rabbi Yoel Bin-Nun and Rabbi Yaakov Medan