Best Wishes for Rosh Hashanah

September 3, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

This week, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

It ushers in a period of introspection. We examine our own behavior in the past year and resolve to do better in the coming year.

The holiday season prompts two thoughts.

First, the essence of good behavior is to be found in the teachings of every major religion, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. It is, as the Jewish text says, that "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor."

We Americans know it as The Golden Rule. What a harmonious world it could be if each of us took these words to heart.

And second, the rabbis ask: Why are we told that in the beginning there were only two people, Adam and Eve? This way, they answer, absolutely no one can claim to have "better" ancestry than anyone else.

In other words, whatever our race, religion, or ethnicity, at the end of the day we're all members of the same human family.

May we always remember and act on these thoughts in the year ahead.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

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