A Rosh Hashanah message from Walt Secord

September 17, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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To all members of the NSW Jewish community, I extend my warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet new year ahead.

Walt Secord

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in synagogues across our wonderful State, and in homes where families come together – whether it is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs or the north shore, the Central Coast or Byron Bay – to recite the Kiddush, dip apples in honey, break challah, enjoy a meal together and wish one another Shana Tova.

As well as a celebration, it is a time for members of the Jewish community to pray, reflect on the year gone by, to look outwards and recommit to building a better future world for future generations, and to look  inwards and accept that no person is always as good as he or she could and should be.

While there are many challenges facing our society, we are re-assured that the Jewish community is working with other groups to strengthen our tolerant and cohesive community.

As we reflect on our society, it is very important to honour and retain the memory and lessons of the Shoah as each year we see a dwindling number of Survivors who bore witness.

As always, we all pray for a lasting peace in the Middle East with a safe and secure Israel.

As deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel and deputy leader of the Opposition in the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council, it is with great pleasure that I say to you all: “L’Shana Tova u’Metukha”

Walt Secord is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Council and Deputy Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel

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