A Chanukah message from Walt Secord

December 4, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Walt Secord is the NSW Deputy Opposition leader in the NSW Legislative Council and the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair…he sends a message for Chanukah.

Walt Secord in Jerusalem

Walt Secord in Jerusalem

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to once again wish all my friends in the NSW Jewish community – a Happy Chanukah.

From Sunday, December 6 at sunset until Monday December 14 at sunset, the Jewish community will mark Chanukah – the Festival of Lights.

The observance brings together so many in the community to mark the liberation of the Jewish people, and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight consecutive nights.

With the lighting of each candle on the menorah, Chanukah celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, freedom over oppression and good over evil.

In light of recent events in Paris, Beirut, Ankara and Parramatta and on-going attacks in Israel, the symbol of those candles is more relevant than ever.

The flame illuminates and warms not only the individual lighting it – but also those in its path.

We know that terrorism respects no borders – and now more than ever, our society must find the light within and bring warmth to all of those around us.

It is also important to reflect on the rich tapestry of cultures and faiths in NSW – and may we continue to be home to people of all backgrounds living and working peacefully side by side.

Let us each spread our warmth, and our light, by setting an example of resilience, tolerance, peace and goodwill towards all.

As the Deputy Leader of the Labor Opposition and the deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel, I wish all Jewish community members a Happy Chanukah.

Chag Sameach

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