Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani Tweets ‘Shana Tova’ to Jews

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tweeeted ‘Shana Tovah’ to Jews on Sunday in another sign that the reformist leader is seeking better ties with the West.

“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding. L’Shanah Tovah. #RoshHashanah,” Rouhani Tweeted as the Jewish New Year neared, the Associated Press. The Islamic Republic is seeking to improve relations with the West following the signing of a deal to curb its nuclear program.

But top leaders still regularly call for the destruction of Israel and Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, was notorious for denying the Holocaust.

It’s the second time Rouhani has wished the Jewish people a happy Rosh Hashanah. He did the same in 2013.

An estimated 9,000 Jews still live in Iran, down from more than 100,000 before the Islamic revolution of 1979.




    50th meeting of the Yiddish Open Mic Cafe

    Hybrid event in London and online.

    Aug 14, 2022

    1:30 pm ET · 

    Join audiences and participants from across the globe for this live celebration of Yiddish songs, poems, jokes, stories, games, serious and funny - all performed in Yiddish with English translation.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit the Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, images, and credit to the Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.