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Prayers are with Jewish people

This week around the world, but especially in Israel, it is 'Rosh Hashanah' – the Jewish New Year. It begins at sunset today when families gather for a festive evening meal followed by the holiday itself tomorrow which in the Hebrew calendar is 1st of Tishrei.

It was on this day in 1972 that several Arab countries attacked Israel knowing that many soldiers would be off duty and saying their prayers. Those prayers must have been heard for tiny Israel was not wiped out and was able to strengthen its position. I'd like to wish the Jewish community around the world "Shanah Tovah" or Happy New Year. The word 'Jew' in Hebrew means 'praise', but there are few words of praise for God's 'Chosen People' today.

Colin Nevin


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