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Unformatted text preview: itness to God as Creator and Master of the Universe and
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and our God, and recognize His promises to the Children of
The next line "Blessed is His honoured Name, His Glorious Kingdom is for ever and ever",
(or, ‘Blessed is His honoured Name and Glorious Majesty forever’) does not appear in the Torah but
was put here in our prayers by the Sages. It is founded on a beautiful story about Jacob/Israel on his
deathbed. Jacob was worried that his sons would not share in his belief in the Almighty and that they
would perhaps be lax in their observance and in the teaching of their children. But they said to him
using his name ‘Israel’ the name given to him by God (Gen. Ch. 32. V. 29). . "Hear O Israel (Jacob), the
Lord is our God the Lord the One and Only on hearing this affirmation by his sons and thus being
comforted, Israel/Jacob said, “Blessed is His honoured Name His Glorious Kingdom is forever” and
expired. (Pes. 56a)
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