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According to Jewish tradition, the number 13 is a very significant one and considered to be a blessed number.
When a Jewish boy comes of age at 13 years old he has become a Bar Mitzvah and he is obligated to observe the commandments.
He is also recognized as having the same rights and responsibilities as an adult. A Jewish girl, celebrates her Bat Mitzvah when she turns 12.
The Maimonides states that the number 13 represents the number of principles of Jewish faith .
In addition, the foundations of Judaism are based on the original 13 Tribes of Israel: the 11 sons of Jacob and the 2 sons of Joseph.
According to the Talmud , the core of the Selichot prayers is the 13 Attributes of Mercy that G-d taught Moses .
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