Pope Francis salutes the Argentinian Jewish community for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

The pope Francis greeted the Jewish community in Argentina for the High Holidays through a letter he delivered to his friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

"Send, please, to all members of B'nai Tikvah Congregation in particular and the Jewish community in Buenos Aires in general, my affection and best wishes for the Rosh Hashana," he said in reference to the congregation Rabbi Skorka leads. 

This message was sent to him a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) take place. 

Papal greetings to the Jewish community are a tradition kept since Pope Francis was cardinal in Argentina. 

"I write this knowing that you will surely be found getting ready for the Hebrew year, 5776. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the time in which, according to Jewish tradition, the Eternal judges all creatures and therefore the introspective analysis is required. Time of faith and hope, prayer and reconciliation, "he added, in a letter in which the rabbi Skorka was greeted as" dear brother and friend". 

He also remarked that "through prayer and deep reflection can raise your being to provide a meaningful contribution to building a better reality. May the Lord receive your prayers and bless us all with its enormous mercy. Remember to keep me in your prayers, just as I do to you. "