Pelosi Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Sep 11, 2007
Press Release

Pelosi Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to commemorate the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown on Wednesday:

“As Rosh Hashanah begins, let me take this opportunity to wish the Jewish Community a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.

“The High Holy Days are a time of reflection and introspection. It is a time to review actions of the past year and to rededicate to improving ourselves and the world around us.

“The challenges are many: fighting genocide in Darfur; addressing the needs of those living in poverty; and being good stewards of God’s creation, particularly our beautiful environment, among so many others. I join with all of you in a humble prayer that this year we each meet these challenges in our own way.

“As the Jewish community stops to spend the holiday with family and friends, let us all take the time to think about those who are not able to be with us. We join together in prayer that our American soldiers fighting overseas come home safely.

“We also remember the captured Israeli soldiers who will not be celebrating the holiday with their loved ones and pledge to keep their safe return a priority.

“We continue to live in a troubled world, but it is also a place of great hope, because we also understand our obligation to act to improve the lives of others and to spread peace and justice. In that spirit, I offer my best wishes for a Shanah Tovah.”