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March 30, 2018 – 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. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

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