First Minister message for Rosh Hashanah

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First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“On behalf of the Scottish Government I am delighted to wish our Jewish communities – in Scotland and further afield – a happy and fulfilling Rosh Hashanah.

“The festival allows for a period of reflection, to assess the achievements of the past year, to look forward positively and to reaffirm the values of your faith. It also provides the opportunity for people of all faiths and none to consider the contribution made by the Jewish community to Scottish society.

“It is less than 200 years since Jewish people first came to Scotland in significant numbers. Since then Jewish workers and entrepreneurs have helped to grow Scotland’s economy, while Jewish writers, artists and performers have contributed to our culture.

“Charity is a fundamental principle of Judaism, and I am grateful for the active participation of the Jewish community in many welfare projects that benefit all our communities.

“I wish you all a “Shanah tovah u metukah” – a good and sweet year”