Premier Doug Ford Issues Hanukkah Greetings

Premier Doug Ford Issues Hanukkah Greetings

TORONTO — On Thursday, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah:

“As dusk falls tonight, Jewish communities here in Ontario and around the world will gather with family and friends to light candles on menorahs, marking the start of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the occasion in 139 B.C. when a single day’s worth of lamp oil brought light and warmth to the Temple of Jerusalem for a period of eight nights. It symbolizes light over darkness, as well as the perseverance of the Jewish people throughout history.

The horrific attacks in Israel on October 7th and the rise in antisemitic activity make this year’s family gatherings even more precious and meaningful. During these difficult times, may the story of Hanukkah serve as a reminder that a small amount of light has the power to illuminate through darkness. By offering people light, you offer them hope.

On behalf of the province of Ontario, I wish all who celebrate a safe and happy Hanukkah.

Chag Hanukkah Sameach!”

SOURCE Premier’s Office

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