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October 9, 2019 – Yom Kippur

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jewish community on the occasion of Yom Kippur or the “Day of Atonement”.

 

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) that commences with Rosh Hashanah. It is regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Yom Kippur is observed by fasting, attending synagogue and in prayer asking for forgiveness of one’s past sins.

 

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.

 

G’mar Chatima Tova.