Rosh Hashanah greetings shared with our Jewish friends by our bishops
On the occasion of the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, our bishops sent their greetings in a message to our Jewish friends.
Marking their religious New Year involves the traditional eating of sweets such as apples dipped in honey, in hopes of sparking a sweet and happy year.
The message can be read below.
“To Jewish friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah.
“We send our warmest greetings and best wishes as you celebrate Rosh Hashanah and continue the pilgrimage through the High Holy Days toward the Day of Atonement.
“The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to give thanks to God for the blessings of the past year.
“We give thanks for the deep bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Jewish community and the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.
“Our shared values of justice and service were exemplified when we came together to mark ‘Mitzvah Day’ by collecting and donating a wide range of items to support two local domestic violence charities. , working together to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our communities.
“We also continue to give thanks for the invaluable contributions of the Jewish community to our national and civic life, as evidenced by the local and national commemorations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We are aware of the challenges facing Jewish communities, in the UK and around the world.
“We remain deeply concerned about the documented rise in anti-Semitic language and behavior.
“For this reason, we remain committed to providing training sessions for our clergy on ‘Preaching the Hebrew Scriptures Responsibly’ and ‘Parish Ministry in an Age of Anti-Semitism’, led by a team from the National Council for Christians and Jews.
“And so, on this Rosh Hashanah, as you pray prayers of blessing over honey, apples, dates and challah, may we assure you of our prayers for peace and blessing for you all.
Bishop Nick Baines
Bishop Arun Arora
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley
Bishop Toby Howarth
Bishop Tony Robinson