Joe Biden

Statement on the Observance of Yom Kippur

October 04, 2022

For Jewish communities across the United States and around the world, Yom Kippur is a sacred and solemn occasion. During this holiest of days, Jews come together to fast, reflect, and repent; to take stock of their actions in the past year, seek forgiveness, and commit to doing better in the year to come. On this Yom Kippur, our hearts are with all Americans in the path of Hurricane Ian, especially those whose synagogues are shuttered and who will have to break their fast without loved ones beside them.

At the heart of Yom Kippur is the universal truth that we are all capable of growth and improvement. Each of us has a role to play not only in healing the wounds we've inflicted on others, but in repairing the rifts in our communities, our country, and our world. As these Days of Awe come to a close, let us all take this opportunity to face the injustice and inhumanity in our world honestly and resolve to do our part to mend what is broken.

Jill and I wish an easy and meaningful fast to all who are observing Yom Kippur in the U.S., Israel, and around the world. G'mar chatimah tovah—may we all be sealed in the Book of Life.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement on the Observance of Yom Kippur Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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