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Anderson’s Rosh Hashanah Message

August 26, 1980
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Independent Presidential candidate John Anderson issued his Rosh Hashanah message today, referring to the High Holy Days as a “time of introspection and renewal.” He said the American vision of the world “draws much from the spirit of Rosh Hashanah. Our founders were imbued with the same sense of thin olam, of correcting the world, and making it a better place to live.

“They too appreciated the need not only to ponder the past, but to learn from it and go beyond it. Our founders shared the Rosh Hashanah dream: that our lives must aspire to decency and idealism, not just to the mundane. And they established America in the ancient Biblical image: to be a light unto the nations.”

Anderson also expressed his hope that in the year to come, “we will see an America rededicated to these principles. That we will promote democracy and sustain allies who share our ideals. That we will pursue justice at home and abroad. And that we as a nation will find the courage to resist intimidation,” to fight for human rights and to endeavor in the pursuit of peace.”

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