DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Yom Kippur

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing Yom Kippur, which begins today at sundown.

“Tonight, Jewish families across America and around the world will begin their observance of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the year for the Jewish community. Yom Kippur is a holy day of fasting, prayer and atonement—but it is also a day of reflection and forgiveness. These are values that have long been at the core of the ancient Jewish faith, and this evening, my family and families in every corner of the country will come together in solemn recognition of that faith. I extend you all my wishes for an easy fast.

“As we observe the Day of Atonement, this holiday also provides us with an important opportunity to recognize the universal significance of forgiveness, empathy and a commitment to helping one another. These values are not unique to any one religion; they are a vital part of so many faiths, and they are fundamental to achieving a better future for ourselves, our nation and our world. Regardless of religion or creed, I hope all Americans will take today as a time to reflect on these values, and work together to build a more peaceful and more just society.”