Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2016) – Representative
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement on Rosh Hashanah.
“As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I want to wish my Jewish friends in Eastern Washington and throughout the country a sweet and happy New Year.
“The old year ends with the passing of Shimon Peres, and with him we are reminded that the generation of the Founders of Israel is fading from the scene. Their courage and idealism building a young nation, making the desert bloom, and securing their independence and safety is an inspiration to us all. American flags were flown at half-staff for Peres, only the seventh time such an honor was granted to a foreign leader.
“Yet 5777 brings, as every New Year does, new hope and new energy for us to meet the challenges in the year ahead.
“On Sunday when Christians go to church and Jews everywhere head to synagogue for Erev Rosh Hashanah, may our hearts be joined in prayers for peace, for loving kindness and for safety and security in the year ahead.
“As you know, it is a flavorful custom to eat apples dipped in honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Since Washington state produces almost half the apples grown in the United States, I think we can see that in synagogues and homes across the nation, our fruit will be sweetening the lives of millions of Jews — which is fitting, since Jewish culture and tradition has enriched the lives of all Americans for so long.
“On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. May it be written and may it be sealed that you have a new year that brings fulfillment and happiness, peace and prosperity – all of life’s very best things. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! Shanah Tovah!”