Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on Wednesday:
"For Jewish families around the world, Rosh Hashanah is a moment of reflection and renewal, joy and prayer, repentance and introspection. With hope for a future of health and happiness, the new year is an opportunity to reiterate the core commitments and values of the Jewish people: to repair the world, and perfect it; to cherish justice, and pursue it; to seek peace, and secure it.
"This time in the Jewish calendar is a reminder of the contributions made by American Jews over the course of our history -- in business and medicine, in public service and law, in academia and the arts. As we mark 50 years since the March on Washington, this is a time to recall the Jewish leaders and citizens who marched alongside Americans of all faiths in the name of equality and civil rights. As we confront the challenges of today, this is a time to rededicate ourselves to the causes we share as Americans: the task of lifting up the less fortunate and advancing the common good; the responsibility to welcome immigrants arriving on our shores; the belief in diversity and pluralism.
"As Jewish households gather to hear the sound of the shofar, to celebrate with loved ones, to dip apples in honey, to rejoice and to pray, let us hope that this Rosh Hashanah will bring a year of peace and security to Israel and her neighbors across the Middle East. Let us hope that this new year ushers in a time of joy, good fortune, and progress for the Jewish community in the United States and around the world. Shana tovah u'metukah -- may you have a happy, healthy, sweet new year."