The Jewish community, at the Bucharest-based Grand Synagogue, celebrated the Eve of the Jewish New Year 5774.
On this special occasion, the president of the Federation of Romania’s Jewish Communities (FCER) Deputy Aurel Vainer conveyed a massage of peace to the Jews living in Romanian and the entire world, to all the people worldwide.
‘I wish you a good and peaceful New Year,’ FCER leader greeted, stressing that the Jews living in Romania are Romanian citizens, but at the same time their thoughts turn to Israel, to the most important thing, which is the world peace.
‘May peace reign in Israel, in the Near East, and it will be all right if it is peace in this area,’ said Vainer, wishing Shalom (Peace) and Shanah Tovah (Have A Good Year), and Hag Sameh (Happy Holidays), to everybody.
Attending the event were Labour Minister Marian Campeanu, the President of the Romanian Academy Ionel Haiduc, officials of the Romanian Orthodox Church and of the Roman-Catholic Church, of the Presidential Administration, of Russia’s Embassy in Bucharest, Germany’s Ambassador to Romania Werner Hans Lauk, leaders of the Jewish community.
Cantor Benny Katz of Jerusalem and first cantor of Bucharest Iosef Adler sang traditional songs Rabbi Rafael Schafer officiated the Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) service.
According to the Jewish calendar, the year 5774 begins on Sept 5, the Rosh Hashana going beyond the mere meaning of the new year day.
It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world, is the moment of self-examination and repentance, and introspection when everybody analyzes their deeds, hoping that God finds them worthy to be recorded in the Book of Life.
Rosh Hashana opens the series of the great holidays of September, culminating with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.