Rosh Hashanah

President Obama sent out his remarks for those starting Rosh Hashanah and the rest of us:

As Jews in America and around the world celebrate the first of the High Holy Days I want to extend my warmest wishes for the New Year. L’shana Tova Tikatevu – may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It serves as a reminder of the special relationship between God and his children, now and always. And it calls us to look within ourselves – to repent for our sins; recommit ourselves to prayer; and remember the blessings that come from helping those in need.

Today, those lessons ring as true as they did thousands of years ago. And as we begin this New Year, it is more important than ever to believe in the power of humility and compassion to deepen our faith and repair our world.

At a time when too many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, it is up to us to do what we can to help those less fortunate.

At a time when prejudice and oppression still exist in the shadows of our society, it is up to us to stand as a beacon of freedom and tolerance and embrace the diversity that has always made us stronger as a people.

And at a time when Israelis and Palestinians have returned to direct dialogue, it is up to us to encourage and support those who are willing to move beyond their differences and work towards security and peace in the Holy Land. Progress will not come easy, it will not come quick. But today we had an opportunity to move forward, toward the goal we share—two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

The scripture teaches us that there is “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” In this season of repentance and renewal, let us commit ourselves to a more hopeful future.

Michelle and I wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health and prosperity.

The Jewish community has thrived in Laredo and has helped shape business for many years. I may not know much about the faith but Dr. Stan Green actually wrote about it in, “History of Laredo’s Jewish Community,” in 1992 and it can be found with the Webb County Heritage Foundation. I wish they had this stuff online but alas – no luck. One of these days, one of these days…

Enjoy Rosh Hashanah!!


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3 Responses to Rosh Hashanah

  1. texasartist says:

    A very long time ago there were 2 temples in Laredo an orthabox and liberal .The liberal temple
    was the one near St Peters and the other in the heights. If you go to the jewish cementary and notice the dates the jewish community was the backbone of the bank and the bussiness
    Just a comment………..

  2. rick78 says:

    As far for bank and business it’s still the same everywhere with the Jewish. Hope the conflict between Palestine gets resolved as it been on going since biblical times but hey miracles do happen. They are all related it is time brother embraces brother for it’s all the same family .

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