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Of the Ages

July 19, 1987

Relative to your article "Forever Young" (by Mark Christensen, June 21), the following passage is read from the Gates of Repentance by Reform Jews at Yom Kippur: "If some messenger were to come to us with the offer that death should be overthrown, but with the one inseparable condition that birth should also cease; if the existing generation were given the chance to live forever, but on the clear understanding that never again would there be a child, or a youth, or first love, never again new persons with new hopes, new ideas, new achievements; ourselves for always and never any other--could the answer be in doubt?

"We shall not fear the summons of death; we shall remember those who have gone before us, and those who will come after us."

David E. Ross

Agoura

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