Don't miss the inspiring speeches at The Jerusalem Post Conference
WATCH: Obama delivers final Rosh Hashana greeting to Jewish community
ByJTA
October 3, 2016 01:58
Outgoing US president reflects on the "great privilege" of working with Jewish community in last message as president ahead of the Jewish New Year.
President Obama's Rosh Hashanah message

President Barack Obama reflected on the “great privilege” of working with the Jewish community, in his final Rosh Hashana message as president.

In a video address, Obama referred to Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace Laureate, and Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president and prime minister, both who died this year. He had sought advice during his two terms from both men. He also referred to his trip to Israel in 2013, where he prayed at the Western Wall, and the tradition he instituted of holding Passover seders at the White House.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



“My last Rosh Hashana in the White House is a chance to reflect on the great privilege I’ve had as President to work closely with the Jewish community,” Obama said.

“To speak at synagogues here in the United States and abroad,” he said. “To place a private prayer in the ancient cracks of the Kotel,” the Western Wall. To retell the timeless story of the Exodus at our annual White House Seders. And to walk through Buchenwald with Elie Wiesel, meet with young Israelis in Jerusalem, and present the Medal of Freedom to Shimon Peres.”

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee also delivered Rosh Hashana greetings last week.

“All Americans should question whether we’re doing all that we can to work on ‘Tikkun Olam’ — repairing the world,” Clinton said in her message on Friday.

“That means asking ourselves if we could be doing more to help those who are hungry or in need of shelter,” she said. “If we could be doing more to make sure everyone has access to health care. And if we could be doing more to build a brighter future where no one is left out or left behind.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his wife Melanie, on Sunday also extended a holiday greeting to Jews around the world in light of the Jewish New Year.

“Melania and I extend our warmest greetings to those observing Rosh Hashanah here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world,” he said on Twitter.

Jpost.com Staff contributed to this report. 
 

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • barack obama
  • jewish
  • rosh hashana
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Ukrainians immigrants arrive in Israel
    March 28, 2017
    War in Donbass continues to drive Ukrainians to Israel

    By TAMARA ZIEVE

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 8 - 29
      Beer Sheva
      11 - 24
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 12 - 24
      Jerusalem
      11 - 22
      Haifa
    • 15 - 32
      Elat
      11 - 26
      Tiberias