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When I place my hands upon your head in benediction, I will be the humble instrument through which will flow the stream of history and memories of the great and the good in Israel, the ideals and aspirations of our people, the strength and the life of our faith. It is something which places upon you a solemn responsibility to be worthy of its precepts, to be loyal to its ideals, and to express them in a life of service.

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This quote is linked to the event -€“ Bar, Bat Mitzvah

Source Notes: What the Jews Believe (1950). The author addresses his son Stephen, in 1947, at the first bar mitzvah in Frankfurt, Germany, since 1940.

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