Rosh HaShanah 2009 / 5770 - Kisiva Vachasima Tova!
Rosh HaShanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei. Jewish tradition teaches that during the High Holy Days God decides who will live and who will die during the coming year. As a result, during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (and in the days leading up to them) Jews embark upon the serious task of examining their lives and repenting for any wrongs they have committed during the previous year. This process of repentance is called teshuvah. Jews are encouraged to make amends with anyone they have wronged and to make plans for improving during the coming year. In this way, Rosh HaShanah is all about making peace in the community and striving to be a better person.
His Grace hopes that Mayor Boris will exhort all Gentiles to reflect over these 10 days leading to Yom Kippur, and celebrate the advent of the year 5770 with you - in order that Judaism may be better understood and resurgent anti-Semitism exposed and challenged.
The Prime Minister has sent greetings to the Jewish community. He said:
“Friends, as we approach Rosh Hashanah I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a good and sweet year.
“My admiration for the British Jewish community is boundless and as you gather in homes and synagogues across the country, our thoughts are with you all and we pray for a year of peace and prosperity for all the world.
“As the shofar awakens you to reflect upon your lives, so too may it call on all of us to think about how we can be better servants of our communities. My warm best wishes extend to your family and friends. Ketiva ve-chatima tovah.”