As we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur I want to wish everyone in the Jewish community a happy and healthy new year.
The High Holy Days are a time for humility and reflection.
They are a time for families to gather and embrace our many blessings and they offer a chance to think about how we can improve our lives in years ahead.
The High Holy days highlight the role that faith plays in guiding our lives.
They inspire us to become better people.
I recently had the privilege of returning to Jerusalem for a few days, and during that trip I was reminded once again what a remarkable country has emerged in 64 short years.
Israel is a vibrant healthy democracy where entrepreneurship is encouraged, the economy is thriving and innovation infuses nearly every aspect of society.
Israel is among America's best friends and closest allies in the world and I believe no one should never doubt this basic truth: A free and strong America will always stand with a free and strong Israel.
Here at home Jews have also contributed greatly to the tapestry of our nation, public service and in the private sector.
The Jewish community has helped build our economy, helped defend our freedoms, and helped earn our special place in history.
We're grateful for that immense contribution, and we look forward to an even brighter future.
It's Ann and my sincere wish that you have a sweet New Year.
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