Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Rabbi Yisrael Meir LauIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and formerly the Chief Rabbi of Israel, issued a personal blessing to readers and viewers of Arutz Sheva in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The rabbi expressed his appreciation of Arutz Sheva, which, he said, personifies the three ideals that the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, HaRav Avraham Yitschak Hacohen Kook, said were inherently intertwined: preservation of the Jewish people, their Torah and their Land, Israel.

Rabbi Lau continued: “We are at the doorstep of a new year, praying to the Lord Almighty for peace, for friendship, for love among ourselves.”

“Before speaking about peace and understanding with our neighbors, the Arabs, we have to speak and to act about accomplishing peace and real understanding and brotherhood within ourselves,” he added. “Ourselves means not just people who live in Israel already, but Jews in the Diaspora as well.”

Rabbi Lau, who survived the WWII death camps as a child, is known for his emphasis on building connections to secular as well as religious Jews.

Rabbi Lau told the Jews in the Diaspora, “Please, join us. Come and fulfill the words "Next year in rebuilt Jerusalem", to be a real part of the Jewish people in its old new homeland, the State of Israel.”

“I wish for you to be inscribed in the heavens for a good year - from the depth of my heart, Ktiva Va’Hatima Tova, Shana Tova.”