G'mar Chatima Tova

In the hours before evening services marking the start of Yom Kippur, President Barack Obama released a statement offering reflection and hope to Jews across America and the world. 

As Jews across America, Israel, and the world gather for the sacred service of Kol Nidre, Michelle and I extend our wishes for an easy fast to all those observing Yom Kippur.  The Day of Atonement is a time for humility, reflection and repentance, a chance to be honest with ourselves and one another about our shortcomings.   Yet Yom Kippur is also a day of hope.  Through our prayers and through our actions, as individuals and as a community, we can better bridge the realities of our world with the ideals and values we share.  On this special day,  may our common humanity unite us, and may our common faith in a better future inspire us to continue healing our world.  G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

From all of us here at the National Jewish Democratic Council, we wish you a meaningful and easy fast.