Putin's Plea, Truss' Promises: World Leaders Wish Jews a Happy Rosh Hashanah
Leaders around the globe sent warm wishes to Jews celebrating the Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah, which began on Sunday, September 25. Greetings came from a wide range of world leaders, spanning from US President Joe Biden and new British Prime Minister Liz Truss to Russia's Vladimir Putin.
In a tweet sent on Biden's official government account, the US President said he and First Lady Jill Biden "offer warm wishes to those observing" Rosh Hashanah. "May your prayers be heard and faith revitalized — and may you and your loved ones be inscribed in the Book of Life," Biden added.
In Vladimir Putin's holiday greeting to Russia's Jewish community, he argued they should make a "contribution to the preservation of cultural diversity in our country." "The Rosh Hashanah holiday turns believers to high moral guidelines which lie at the foundation of all global religions – humanity, piety and mercy," the Russian president's statement read.
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who recently discussed a possible relocation of the UK's Israel embassy to Jerusalem, promised to "champion the Jewish community" in a short video message for Rosh Hashanah. "I'm determined to stamp out antisemitism...I will be a staunch friend of Israel," she added. "In that spirit, let me wish you all Shana Tova."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went the extra mile of sending a Hebrew-language tweet on Sunday afternoon, wishing "my friend [Prime Minister] Yair Lapid, Israeli citizens and the Jewish Diaspora warm wishes on Rosh Hashanah." "May the new year bring good health, peace and prosperity to everyone." Lapid thanked Modi in a reply, adding that he hopes the new Jewish year will be a "year of prosperity and happiness for us all." (JPost / VFI News)
“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.” - Psalm 65:11-13
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