Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in honor of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement:

“Tonight we will gather with our families and friends to commence the holiest night in the Jewish year. As we begin the Day of Atonement, we pause to reflect on the past year: to think about those we have wronged, to ask forgiveness, and to commit ourselves to new beginnings.

“As the season changes, we consider the values that unite our community and our nation: the values of teshuva, tzedakah and tefillah. These are core tenets of our faith, and they drive us to continue to make the world a better place. I join Jews in my community, this nation and around the world as we rededicate ourselves to these core tenets and to making this year even more meaningful than the last.

“From my family to yours, I wish you a shana tovah and g’mar tov – a happy and sweet new year. May you and those close to you be inscribed for another year in the Book of Life.”