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Israeli President Yitzhak Herzog congratulated the Jewish communities of Israel on Rosh Hashanah.
The text of the congratulation was published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel.
“Dear sisters and brothers from all over the world, large and small Jewish communities, to all of you – Shana Tova! As we welcome the advent of the year 5783, I would like to wish you all a sweet and happy new year.
Our ancient Jewish tradition wisely associates the change of seasons with changes in our hearts. Indeed, these "twilight" between the old and the new years invite us to accept changes in the lives of each of us and all of our people. They give us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, our choices, and our beliefs. They allow us to ask ourselves what we can do in the coming year to make life better – for ourselves, for our families, for our communities. This calls for a deeper attention from us and, more importantly, a firmer intention to replace bitterness with sweetness,” the Israeli president said in his congratulations.
Yitzhak Herzog continued: “Jewish tradition also teaches us that in Rosh Hashanah we are inscribed in the Book of Life. But we are not recorded there only separately. We rise and fall together as a people. Let's help each other to be inscribed in the Book of Life – together. Let's argue, empathize with each other, not be afraid of disagreement, and work to reach mutual agreement without alienating each other. From your home away from home, here in the State of Israel, and to your homes around the world, I wish you all – " “Shana tova u-metuka”, “ktiva va-hatima tova”. Happy New Year!".
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