New year’s greetings poured in from around the world Sunday as Jews celebrated Rosh Hashanah — the beginning of the year 5777.
President Barack Obama reflected on the “great privilege” of working with the Jewish community in his final Rosh Hashanah message as president.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, also delivered Rosh Hashanah greetings, sending “my best wishes for a Shana Tova — a happy and healthy new year — to Jewish families and communities in the United States, Israel and around the world.”
She added: “All Americans should question whether we’re doing all that we can to work on ‘Tikkun Olam’ — repairing the world.”
Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump tweeted “warmest greetings” to those celebrating the holiday.
Melania and I extend our warmest greetings to those observing Rosh Hashanah here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2016
In the UK, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been accused of mishandling allegations of anti-Semitism within the party, posted a well-wishing video on his Twitter feed, vowing to represent “all communities across Britain” and asking for the Jewish community’s help in strengthening Labour.
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to protect the UK’s Jewish communities from anti-Semitism.
“I want to ensure that Britain is a place where all our communities can flourish, and that means stamping out sickening and shameful hatred, including anti-Semitism the like of which I never thought we would see again,” May said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the new year “gives everyone strength and opportunities to become better and walk the path of good, mercy and justice.
“It is pleasant to see that Jewish organizations do a lot to preserve religious and national customs and traditions, and to teach followers of Judaism respect for the invaluable historical, spiritual legacy of their ancestors,” he said in a statement.
Canada’s leader, Prime Minister Justin Tredeau, said he was “delighted” to celebrate with the Jewish community. He too cited the value of ‘Tikkun Olam’ and the desire to “build a better world for our children and our grandchildren.”
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 2, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman tweeted a greeting from his boss, in which she promised to fight any and all instances of anti-Semitism and vowed “unequivocal commitment to our liberal values.”
— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) October 2, 2016
The US Embassy in Tel Aviv, whose head Dan Shapiro is Jewish, issued a video of Embassy employees eating the traditional apple dipped in honey. Shapiro himself wished the people of Israel a happy and sweet new year — in Hebrew.
The Turkish Embassy also chimed in with a tweet.
— Turkish Embassy TA (@TelAvivBE) October 1, 2016
French Ambassador Hélène Le Gal wished Israelis a year of “happiness, prosperity and success,” and expressed hope for robust cultural cooperation in events sponsored by the Embassy. Her greeting card even included some hand-drawn pomegranates.
Meanwhile Swedish Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser showed off a surprisingly operatic voice as he sat at the piano and sang the classic Ehud Manor song “Bashana Haba’ah.”