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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release September 9, 1999
                            Rosh Hashana, 1999

As Jews in America and around the world gather with family and friends to celebrate Rosh Hashana, Tipper joins me in wishing you a happy and sweet new year.

Rosh Hashana is a time for rejoicing, but it is also a time for reflection. The past year has been one of immense promise, as we look hopefully at the progress of peace in the Middle East. But it has not been without pain here at home and around the world. Again, violence inspired by hatred and ignorance has touched our communities.

As the sound of the shofar welcomes the new year, let us hope that we can combat these forces of intolerance. Let us pray that all Americans can come together to appreciate our common humanity.

Best wishes for a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. L'shanah tovah!