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They chanted the ancient Hebrew prayers when they buried her. The venerable Rabbi Samuel of Neudorf conducted the funeral service. There was to be no sermon. David wished none.

But after they had returned from the cemetery, and sat in the seats of the mourners, David himself paid a tribute to his dead.

"She was my mother. To me she meant Love and Pain.

"In her Love and Pain were incarnate. My eyes brimmed over when I looked at her.

"She was my mother; but I shall not see her again.

"She was house and home for us when we had neither house nor home.

"She sustained us in affliction, for she was Love.

"In better days, she taught us humility, for she was Pain.

"In good days and evil, she was the pride, the ornament of our house.

"When we were so poor that we lay on straw, we still were rich: for we had her.

"She thought always of us; never of herself.

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