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Florida Voices: Rosh Hashanah

September 7, 2010 - 6:00pm

Gov. Charlie Crist, independent candidate in the U.S. Senate election

During this most sacred time of year, I offer heartfelt wishes to Floridas Jewish community. Through thoughtful meditation, we have a chance to evoke the best in ourselves and renew our commitment to self-discovery.

Rosh Hashanah is a time of great reflection, which I hope leads to health and happiness throughout the Jewish New Year of 5771. I also pray that the observance of Rosh Hashanah brings great blessings to our state and nation.

The bond between Florida and Israel is exceptional. As always, I remain committed to strengthening our special relationship and deepening our cultural and economic ties.

To all Floridians observing the High Holy Days, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. May you and your loved ones be inscribed in the Book of Life. Lshanah tova!

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Democratic nominee in the U.S. Senate election

"Tonight at sundown marks the start of Rosh Hashanah. Families will gather around the dinner table to mark a new year filled with promise and hope. A 10-day period of self-reflection, prayer, worship, and repentance commences during these Days of Awe. Celebration is fused with introspection, and joy is mixed with solemnity. That is a powerful message that all people of all faiths can embrace: that as we enjoy everything that is good in life, we have friends and neighbors who are struggling during difficult times. Helping those less fortunate in our midst is a staple of all faiths and all religions, and committing ourselves to performing acts of kindness will help make our Florida community a better, more prosperous place for our families.

"On behalf of my entire family, to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah tonight, let this holiday be a sweet one, and this year be marked by health and fulfillment.

"Happy New Year and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life."

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate election

As Rosh Hashanah begins tonight at sundown, my wife Jeanette and I send best wishes to our Jewish friends and neighbors across Florida and the world. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and a celebration of the worlds creation. For us, it is also a reminder of Americas Judeo-Christian roots, our common values and the special bond we share with the Jewish people.

In this time of the High Holidays, we ask that blessings be bestowed upon the land of Israel and that peace be fostered among Israel and all her neighbors.To our Jewish friends and neighbors, may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life, and have a good and sweet new year. Shanah tovah u'metukah.

House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands of Weston

Rosh Hashanah is often described as both `the day of judgment and `the day of remembrance. This first of the High Holidays for the Jewish community marks the start of a new year.

I believe Rosh Hashanah is a time to look inside our hearts, atone for sins committed, and dedicate ourselves to helping those who need our help most. Those traditions guide us to serve as examples of tolerance and compassion as we go about the daily struggle to create a better world.

On behalf of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, as well as our staff and families, I extend to you warm wishes for the New Year.

As the sound of the shofar heralds the New Year, we send you a wish for better days ahead for all Floridians, especially those less fortunate, those who have lost their jobs, and those who in this season of renewal are struggling to keep their families fed and housed.

Shanah tovah umetukah --- may this be a happy, healthy, and sweet new year.

Rick Scott, Republican nominee for governor

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, a celebration of what is to come and a reflection on the past. It is important now, more than ever, that we continue to celebrate Americas unbreakable bond with Israel.

As our friends in the Jewish community move into the year 5771 let us join them in celebrating their unwavering faith that has guided them throughout history.

Please join Ann and I in wishing all of our friends Shana Tova,' and may everyone in your family have health and success in the coming year.

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