MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: Rosh Hashana, 2000 (9/27/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                             September 27, 2000

                                 ROSH HASHANA, 2000

     Warm greetings to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashana.

     The High Holidays, a time of serious prayer and self-reflection, begin
with Rosh Hashana.  Signaling the start of a new year, Rosh Hashana asks
Jews across the globe to reaffirm their relationship with God and to
discover how they might better fulfill God's command-ments.  But Rosh
Hashana is a time for celebration as well, as Jews commemo-rate the
creation of the world and welcome the gift of a new year.

     The ten days from Rosh Hashana to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur,
provide an opportunity to acknowledge past trans-gressions and resolve to
learn from them.  As the shofar sounds its stirring notes again this year,
I encourage all Americans to reflect on how we can help make our world a
better place.  As we rejoice in our many blessings, let us remember the
ways that God's gifts can be used to fulfill our obligation to help others
and to create a brighter future for ourselves, our families, and our fellow

     Hillary joins me in sending best wishes for a memorable celebration, a
meaningful period of reflection, and a new year sweet with the promise of
peace, joy, and prosperity.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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