Literally: Gathered unto his (fore)fathers
Although this phrase is somewhat poetic and biblical (Judges 2:10), it has a historic basis. In Talmudic times and even afterward, people were often buried in a family crypt where they literally joined their ancestors. There was a custom that after a year or so, they would gather the bones of the departed and place them with those who had passed generations earlier. "Uncle Sid? Never seen you better…"
A similar phrase נאסף אל עמיו "Ne'esaf el Amav" (Gathered unto his nation) is found in Genesis (25:8).
סביו נאסף אל אבותיו בגיל 98
Saviv ne'esaf el avotav begil 98."
His grandfather passed away at the age of 98
To all - the iconic Jewish wish "Ad 120" till 120 years in health and peace.
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