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Stanford Report, October 25, 2000
'Newest guardian of the vision'

This is the benediction given by Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, associate dean for religious life, at the inauguration of John L. Hennessy on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000.

Source of all Wisdom, Wellspring of all understanding, we ask your blessing upon John L. Hennessy, the newest guardian of the vision of Jane and Leland Stanford. May he be filled with a joyful heart and a wise and constant spirit. As he has been enwrapped in the glory of Stanford's presidential colors, so may he be encircled and enlivened by a community of understanding and learning. Grant us open hearts and discerning minds, poised to join with him in this moment of unbounded promise.

Adonai yishmor tzetcheha u'voecha me ata, v'ad olam. (Ps. 121:8)

May the Eternal One guard our coming and our going, from this time forth and forever.