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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
This Friday, the Jewish people will celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with the traditional apples dipped in honey, to symbolize sweetness, in hope for a sweet and peaceful year ahead. The holiday will begin with a shofar’s blast to awaken people from their slumber. Rosh Hashanah is meant to be a joyous time of celebration, thanksgiving, and anticipation for a new year filled with blessings and favor.
Yet many will also take this significant time to mourn the loss of loved ones not present for the new year celebration, dear friends and family whose laughs will not be heard at their Rosh Hashanah table. Over the past year, Israel has seen gruesome violence at the hands of terror groups like Hamas in Gaza. Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran obsessively plots Israel’s destruction, funding and supporting its terrorist proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. Simultaneously, worldwide anti-Semitism is rising to levels not seen in decades.
As our Jewish friends and neighbors take time to commemorate this important holiday, let us recommit ourselves to our pledge to stand with Israel and the Jewish people and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.