Washington, D.C. – September 25, 2023
As the sun sets and Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, begins, I extend my warmest wishes to Jewish communities across the United States and around the world. On this solemn and sacred occasion, I want to convey my heartfelt message of reflection, reconciliation, and renewal.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a time for introspection and repentance, a day when we seek forgiveness for our shortcomings and strive to be better individuals. It is a reminder of the enduring values of compassion, forgiveness, and the importance of community.
The Jewish community has made invaluable contributions to our nation’s rich tapestry of cultures, and these contributions continue to shape our society today. The deep-rooted traditions of Judaism teach us the significance of empathy, social justice, and standing up for what is right.
As we face various challenges as a nation and as global citizens, the principles of Yom Kippur offer us guidance and inspiration. Let us use this day as an opportunity to come together, reflect on our actions, and recommit ourselves to building a more just and inclusive society for all.
I am grateful for the enduring partnership and friendship between the United States and Israel. Our bond is unbreakable, and we stand shoulder to shoulder in our pursuit of peace and prosperity for all.
Jill and I extend our best wishes to all Jewish Americans and Jews around the world observing Yom Kippur. May this day of fasting and prayer bring you spiritual enrichment, forgiveness, and a deep sense of renewal.
G’mar Hatimah Tovah. May you be sealed for a good year.
Joe Biden President of the United States