Pesach (Passover) 2018
At sundown this evening, the Jewish community in Vancouver Granville and across the country will gather to observe the beginning of Passover.
Marked by the ceremonial Seder meals and the retelling of the powerful story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery, the eight-day festival of Passover is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish Calendar. The Passover story of hope – of a people’s triumph over even the deepest bondage and oppression – offers inspiration to Canadians of all backgrounds in calling for justice and freedom from oppression.
Today, we celebrate the courage and perseverance of the Jewish people who have survived and triumphed over unspeakable persecution. We reflect on the many contributions that members of Canada’s Jewish community have made to our society throughout history. And, we continue to stand against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and discrimination, and to work together to make our world a better place for all.
May this Passover, and the powerful story of redemption that is at its heart, serve as an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on and reaffirm our commitment to face fear with hope, to choose unity over division, and to have faith in the better days that lie ahead.
To the families and friends in Vancouver Granville who are observing Passover, I offer my best wishes.
Chag Pesach Kasher ve Sameach!
March 30, 2018