U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement today in advance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, wishing Ohio's Jewish community L'Shanah Tovah:
"As Rosh Hashanah begins, Jane and I wish all those observing the holiday a Happy New Year. May this year be a good year, one filled with health and prosperity; and may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.
"The year 5772 has been challenging here in America, but also in Israel, where our friends are facing great security challenges, including the Iranian pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them at this trying time, and that includes strengthening our bilateral security cooperation."
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sunday and marks the beginning of the High Holidays in the Jewish faith. The blowing of the ritual ram's horn (shofar) signals the beginning of a 10-day period known as the Days of Awe -- a time of reflection -- that ends on Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and prayer.