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Sept. 11 Victims Part of New Passover Ritual

November 17, 2001|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

NEW YORK — Inspired by the Haggada that Jews recite at Passover meals, a Thanksgiving ritual for remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been published by the American Jewish Committee.

In the ceremony, one candle is lighted in memory of the Sept. 11 "innocents" and "heroes," and a second candle to symbolize hope for the safety of America, Israel and Jews everywhere.

"In the warmth of these two flames, let us pray for peace," participants say.

The ritual has inspirational quotes from the Bible, rabbis and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. It concludes with the traditional Hebrew mealtime prayer of thanks.

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