President Obama extends warm wishes for Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of a new year – a time of humble prayer and joyful celebration. As members of the Jewish faith here in America and around the world gather to celebrate, President Obama extends his warmest wishes. The President said:
"[T]his sacred time provides not just an opportunity for individual renewal and reconciliation, but for families, communities and even nations to heal old divisions, seek new understandings, and come together to build a better world for our children and grandchildren.
"At the dawn of this New Year, let us rededicate ourselves to that work. Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering, and instead make a habit of empathy – of recognizing ourselves in each other and extending our compassion to those in need.
"Let us resist prejudice, intolerance, and indifference in whatever forms they may take – let us stand up strongly to the scourge of anti-Semitism, which is still prevalent in far too many corners of our world.
"Let us work to extend the rights and freedoms so many of us enjoy to all the world’s citizens – to speak and worship freely; to live free from violence and oppression; to make of our lives what we will."
Read translations of the President's remarks here. Languages include Arabic, French, Hebrew, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.