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23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Rosh Hashanah greeting from Gandhi discovered E-mail

A Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year greeting written by India’s nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi on the day that the Nazis invaded Poland has been discovered at the National Library of Israel.

The greeting written by Mahatma Gandhi on 1 September, 1939 to A.E. Shohet, the head of the Bombay Zionist Association, together with the original envelope were in mint condition.

“Dear Shohet, You have my good wishes for your new year,” the letter reads. “How I wish the new year may mean an era of peace for your afflicted people.” The greeting was discovered as part of a major National Library of Israel initiative to review millions of items in its archival collections, which include personal papers, photographs and documents. The library’s initiative is with support from the Leir Foundation.

Shohet was an Indian Jew from the Baghdadi community in Bombay. He also headed Bombay’s Keren Hayesod office and served as editor of The Jewish Advocate newspaper. Shohet had interviewed Gandhi earlier that year, in March, at his ashram in Wardha, according to the National Library.

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