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Jewish New Year message

by
21 September 2012

by a staff reporter

PA

Beside the sea: Orthodox Jews read prayers as they perform the ritual of Tashlich, on the cliffs of the city of Netanya, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on Sunday. Tashlisch is usually performed on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year, and involves symbolically casting off of sins into a large, natural body of flowing water 

Beside the sea: Orthodox Jews read prayers as they perform the ritual of Tashlich, on the cliffs of the city of Netanya, overlooking the Medite...

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a message marking Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, in which he refers to a General Synod debate that evoked the anger and hurt of many in the Jewish community ( News, 13 July).

Dr Williams said that he had welcomed the chance to "share honestly about the tensions between our communities that have arisen around the recent General Synod private members' motion" when he met Jewish leaders this summer.

The Synod in June endorsed a motion on backing a World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), despite objections from Jewish groups who say that EAPPI is biased and anti-Israel. The senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush, described the Synod debate as "sadly ill-informed, very one-sided, and at times inappropriately emotive".

Dr Williams had unsuccessfully urged the Synod to remove reference to EAPPI from the motion. He said that he was concerned about the effect the motion would have on dialogue with Jewish communities.

In his latest message to the Jewish community, he reflects on the "great challenges to the good relationship that we so value between our two communities."

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