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The handshake, the Holocaust, the Torah: Iran's new symbolic vocabulary Add to ...

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The handshake: It’s a ritual that goes back at least to the 5th century BCE, wherein two people, more often men than women, clasp each other’s hand. Originally meant to show you held no weapon, it’s used as a sign of greeting, a farewell gesture or a mark of agreement as good as a signed contract – “We shook on it.”

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