Walt Secord sends a message for Pesach

April 12, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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From April 19 at sunset until April 27 at sunset, the NSW Jewish community will come together to mark Pesach – commemorating the liberation from slavery of the Jewish people in ancient Egypt.

Walt Secord at the Sydney Jewish Museum

As families and friends gather around the Seder table to eat matza; taste the bitter herbs; drink wine and read the Haggadah and listen to the youngest child ask the traditional “four questions”, it is important to recall that Pesach is the triumph of freedom over oppression.

It is a time for the Jewish community to reflect on the freedom and liberty we all enjoy in modern Australia – and to reach out to others who are less fortunate through kindness and try to build a better world through tzedakah.

Pesach also gives the non-Jewish community the opportunity to recognise how the NSW Jewish community’s presence and contribution to our society has enriched us all.

Furthermore, I acknowledge that this year marks the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and the State of Israel.

As the Deputy Opposition Leader in the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council and the acting chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel, it is once again my pleasure to wish all my friends and family in the NSW Jewish community – a Chag Pesach Sameach.

 

Walt Secord is the NSW Parliamentary Friends Of Israel Acting Chair and Deputy Opposition Leader In The NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council

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