Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) 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. This past year was difficult for many, as the ancient evil of anti-Semitism seemed on the rise throughout Europe, in the Middle East, and on too many college campuses. Sadly, denunciations of Jews and Israel have become commonplace. There is no simple cure for this disease, except to speak out, be ever vigilant, and to answer uninformed hatred with knowledge.
“During this past year, I visited Selma, Alabama and other southern cities and walked in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King. If we ever doubt that one person can make a difference, that one voice can have meaning, we have only to remember Dr. King and his dream. We can take inspiration from Theodor Herzl, who said about a Jewish homeland, ‘If you will it, it is no dream.
“So, for New Year 5779, let us dream– and will– a sweeter, better world, and an America freed from the bitter taste of intolerance.
“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, 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 and healthy New Year! Shanah Tovah!”