HOLY LAND – Looking towards the Jewish New Year, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land sent their greetings to Jewish Israeli civil and religious leaders and to those engaged in interreligious dialogue and work for justice and peace.
The text of the greetings was:
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:2-4).
We wish you and all our Jewish brothers and sisters a blessed New Year of 5775. In the New Year we hope to work together with you with even more commitment, courage and insistence for justice and peace, for pardon and reconciliation, in this land and throughout the world.
Shana Tova and Gmar Hatima Tova
The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land and the Commission for Dialogue with the Jewish People