WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday wished Jews around the world a happy new year ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown.

"As Jews around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to send my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year," the Illinois Senator said.

"This marks not just a time for rejoicing, but for reflecting on the hopes the new year brings, and on our responsibilities to see them fulfilled."

"As families come together to mark the High Holy Days, upholding a proud Jewish tradition," Obama said.

"Let us all rededicate ourselves to the task of repairing this world for our children and grandchildren, and to working to achieve peace and security for Israel."

He added: "On behalf of all of the Obamas and Bidens, Shana Tovah."