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WCC offers Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings

WCC offers Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings

The shofar is blown for Rosh Ha-Shanah. Photo: MinoZig

20 September 2017

On 20 September, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent greetings to the WCC’s Jewish partners for Rosh Ha-Shanah and the High Holy Days.

“This ‘New Year’ falls at a difficult time, when assumptions that have governed life in significant parts of our world for a generation or more have, during the last year or so, suddenly been called into question,” Tveit wrote.

Jews and Christians need to stand together, he urged.

“The tragedies of Jewish history have taught – eventually – Christians much about the dangers of hostility to those whom we regard as ‘other’, and the common scripture of Jews and Christians speaks eloquently, and frequently, about God’s love and protection for the stranger,” the greeting reads. “Indeed God’s insistence on justice for the stranger is written into the very heart of the covenant between God and God’s people.”’

Full text of the letter

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