Message from the President: Yom Kippur, 2000 (10/6/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                             October 6, 2000

                             YOM KIPPUR, 2000

     Warm greetings to all those observing Yom Kippur.

     This Day of Atonement, the most solemn of all the days of the Jewish
calendar, is a time for intense prayer, fasting, and reflection.  For the
duration of Yom Kippur, Jews across America and around the world separate
themselves from the comforts and distractions of everyday life to focus on
repairing their relationship with God.  It is a time to look back on the
failures and transgressions of the past year, to make amends, and to seek
God?s forgiveness.

     In neighborhoods across our nation, as Jewish families gather for Yom
Kippur services, they offer people of all faiths an extraordinary witness.
They remind us of the power of faith that changes lives, the love of family
that strengthens spirits, and the blessing of God?s forgiveness that allows
us to repent of our sins and begin anew.

     At this difficult time for all of us who have worked for peace, let us
pray for an end to the violence and for a new beginning in the Middle East.
Hillary joins me in extending best wishes to all for a meaningful Yom

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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