A Kosher Pesach from the Premier

April 9, 2014 by  
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NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has sent  his greeting for Pesach to the Jewish Community…

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell

I send my warmest wishes to the Australian Jewish community on celebrating Pesach next week.

I have heard so much about this inspiring festival, particularly the opportunity to joyously gather and share with family and friends.

Reading  the Haggadah, eating Matzah as a symbol of humility and selflessness, enjoying delicious food including the famous Matzah-ball soup kneidloch, singing rousing songs and watching  the children search for the Afikomen, the hidden piece of Matzah are all part of the Pesach tradition.

As the youngest family member at the Seder table recites Ma Nishtana, asking Why is this night different from all other nights, it marks the start in commemorating the amazing biblical journey of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in their Promised Land, now the State of Israel.

Today successive generations continue to express gratitude that the freedom of Jewish nationhood is truly a reality. I share your hope that Israeli citizens are able to enjoy Shalom, a peaceful life, as we do here in Australia.

Indeed, freedom comes in many forms, however we must never lower our guard against racial and religious intolerance. NSW is Australia’s most culturally-diverse State, having welcomed people from around the world for more than 200 years.

This is reflected by the Jewish community which has made and continues to make an outstanding contribution, providing leadership, quality in values and harmonious involvement for the benefit of all Australians.

Because cultural diversity is the foundation of our future, we all need to protect community harmony and combat intolerance in any form.

I believe education is a significant key. The NSW Government has this year introduced mandatory studies about the profound impact of the Holocaust for all NSW students in years 9 and 10, to help them understand what happens when racism isn’t stopped at its roots and as an important pillar in our State’s anti-racism program.

Chag Sameach. Wishing you a Kosher and Happy Pesach.

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