Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

December 02, 2010 13:09 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Celebrating Chanukah

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement in celebration of Chanukah:

"Last night at sundown began Chanukah, the Jewish festival celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple and the triumph of Judaism against the tyranny of a foreign and profane oppression more than two thousand years ago.

"Having endured the desecration of their Temple and the attempted corruption of religion, the Jewish people, led by the heroic and faithful Maccabees, fought successfully to restore the practice of their faith.

"The holiday is observed by the nightly lighting of the Menorah, symbolizing the miracle of the undefiled oil, which miraculously burned for eight days following the liberation of the Temple.

"As a contemporary account records, 'Judah and his brothers and all the Assembly of Israel determined that every year at that season the days of dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev.'

"For all Canadians, this important holiday provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the importance of faith, ritual, tradition, and the tremendous contributions that members of the Jewish community have made to our country's rich and diverse heritage.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes for a happy and blessed Chanukah to those celebrating here in Canada and around the world."

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