At this time of Rosh Hashanah, I want to wish all Jewish communities in the UK and around the world Shanah Tovah – a good year.
The start of a new year is a time when all of us look to remember the lessons of what’s gone before and commit to the changes we believe are necessary for us to achieve a better life and brighter future.
That is the power of Rosh Hashanah: a chance for you to take time out away from the demands and stresses of your work and home lives – to reflect on the past and celebrate what’s to come.
As you gather at synagogue with your family, friends and neighbours or sit down to eat and give blessings, we in the rest of Britain also hear the call of shofar. And recognise and thank you for the contribution of your family and wider community to ensuring our country is a prosperous, tolerant and diverse nation.
The central principles of your faith are woven into the fabric of what makes us stronger as a society: that commitment to kindness, peace and justice as well as progress through education and hard work.
And I would like to wish you and your family Tzom Kal – an easy fast and Shanah Tovah for a very happy and joyful new year.