This year the important holidays of two great Abrahamic religions: Judaism and Islam coincided. The two people, who according to their holy books consider themselves to be the descendants of Abraham, observe Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur.
On Saturday, 4th of October, 2014, Muslims around the world will celebrate one of the biggest Islamic holidays – Eid al-Adha. During Eid al-Adha Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trail. I would like to congratulate everyone who is celebrating Eid al-Adha and wish happy and prosperous future to you and your families!
On the same Saturday, the Jews observe Yom Kippur – one of the most important of holidays in the Jewish calendar. There is no other day in Jewish Calendar more serious and solemn than “The Day of Atonement”. On this day, we pray, appeal for forgiveness, seek reconciliation and await the G-ds verdict. This day requires us, atoning for the past mistakes, also to reflect what could be done better and set worthy goals for the future.
In anticipation of these two important holidays for our people, I wish all of us peace, solidarity and tolerance!
Dr Yulia Zemlinskaua
Director of Our Heritage – The Charter for Democracy [Morashtenu]