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Mr. Michael Levitt (York Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on Friday night, Jewish people around the world will observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Yom Kippur translates to the Day of Atonement and marks the culmination of 10 days of reflection that began on Rosh Hashanah.
This year we have another cause for reflection. Yesterday the Prime Minister inaugurated the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. This memorial will allow Canadians of all faiths to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. It will ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust remain within our consciousness for generations to come so that we may never again see history’s darkest period repeated.
I want to recognize the hard work of the National Holocaust Monument development council, led by Fran Sonshine, and the incredible generosity and effort of the many Canadians who worked to make this dream a reality.
In this time of reflection, may we resolve in our words and our deeds to combat hate, intolerance, and anti-Semitism.
Mr. Dan Ruimy (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Friday’s sunset marks the beginning of the holiest day of the year for Jewish people across Canada and around the world.
Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is the most holy day on the Jewish calendar. It is a day of fasting, prayer, and reflection, and a day on which Jews are required to take stock of their lives, to ask forgiveness from friends and family, and to take steps toward self-improvement for the year to come.
As my fellow Jewish Canadians gather on this holy day, I would like to remind all Canadians that diversity makes us stronger. We are a mosaic of other cultures, and in my riding of Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, I am proud of how we have created a place where all can come together to respect and celebrate the various religions, cultures, and differences that make our community and country great.
I would like to wish everyone observing Yom Kippur in my own riding, across Canada, and around the world an easy fast.
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