Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday greeted Hungary’s Jewish community in a letter on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, wishing them a new year “with fewer hardships and more joy”, the prime minister’s press chief said.
“The beginning of the new year is always a symbol of hope,” Bertalan Havasi quoted the letter as saying, adding that in the trying times of the present “we need more than ever to be supported by the strong roots of our religious and cultural traditions”.
The letter was sent to leaders of Hungarian Jewish federation Mazsihisz, the United Hungarian Israelite Community (EMIH), the Orthodox Jewish Community, and Jewish cultural foundation Mazsök.
Karácsony greets Budapest Jewish community on Jewish New Year
Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony greeted the city’s Jewish community on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, in a Facebook message on Friday.
The development, culture and traditions of the Hungarian capital are inseparable from Jewish culture and the efforts and talents of the Jewish people, Karácsony said.
“Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the birth of the world that reminds us of the special relationship between God and His children,” the mayor wrote. “Our belief in a better world is perhaps more needed now than at any other time over the past decades.”
The universal threat posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, if addressed correctly, could help make the world a tighter-knit community irrespective of religion, nationality or skin colour, the mayor said.
It is in everyone’s interest that people lend each other a helping hand in times of trouble instead of being hostile, he added.
“Budapest is a diverse major city that is home to communities of many religions and cultures,” Karácsony wrote.
He urged people not to forget about the poor and those facing social exclusion and loneliness.
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