Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 11, 2016 15:30 ET

Statement by Minister Joly on Yom Kippur

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2016) -

Today at sundown marks the beginning of Yom Kippur-the Day of Atonement-the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

The culmination of the Ten Days of Awe, Yom Kippur is a time of repentance, reconciliation and making amends in order to begin the new year with a clean slate. Across Canada and throughout the world, it is observed through fasting and prayer.

As Jewish Canadians gather today, filling synagogues across the country, I invite all of us to take stock of our actions and to seek peace and reconciliation.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I extend my warmest wishes to the Jewish community on this sacred day.

Gmar Chatima Tova.

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  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage