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Justin Welby offers Jewish community "warm wishes" for Rosh Hashanah

Mon 14 Sep 2015
By Marcus Jones

The Archbishop of Canterbury Most Revd Justin Welby has sent a message to the Jewish community in the UK and around the world as Rosh Hashanah is celebrated.

The Anglican leader said: "At Rosh Hashanah, a time of celebration, repentance and recommitment, I would like to convey a message of my warmest good wishes to Jewish friends, colleagues and communities here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

"The beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to give thanks to God for the gift of life and for the blessings of the last year. As you mark the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, we are mindful of our common humanity, and the need both to recognise that which unites us and to commit ourselves to work for reconciliation where there is pain and hurt.

"Rosh Hoshanah is a time for families and communities to celebrate together and an opportunity for thanksgiving, introspection and prayer for personal transformation. May I assure you of my prayers for peace, security and blessing for you all."

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

Customs involved in the celebration include the sounding of the shofar horn and eating symbolic foods to mark a "sweet new year".

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