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April 10, 2017 – Passover

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jewish community on the occasion of Passover or Pesach.

The Jewish community celebrates Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

Passover is divided into two parts, the first two days and last two days are full-fledged holidays. Candles are lit at night and kiddush and sumptuous holiday meals are enjoyed during the night and day. Observers do not go to work, drive, write, or switch on or off any electric devices but are still permitted to cook and go outdoors.

The middle four days are called Chol Hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home.

As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

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