A Chanukah message from Bill Shorten

November 28, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten sends his Chanukah message to the Jewish community on Chanukah…

Bill Shorten

It gives me great pleasure to send my best wishes to the Australian Jewish community for the celebration of Chanukah.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the cleansing and re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean war some twenty-two centuries ago.

Chanukah is an uplifting story of hope and liberation, and a time to celebrate with friends and family, give thanks for our blessings and reach out to those less fortunate.

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I pay my deep respects to the Australian Jewish community during Chanukah. I honour your devotion and faith, which finds expression in important religious festivities like this as well as in the day to day Jewish traditions.

Labor rejoices in our nation’s cultural diversity and we recognise that our collective strength lies in the peaceful rituals of our myriad cultures, faiths and traditions that have come to represent one story – our modern Australian story.

As the candles on the Menorah burn after the sun sets, may you all enjoy a Happy Chanukah filled with peace, love and joy.

Chanukah Sameach.

Bill Shorten
Leader of the Opposition


One Response to “A Chanukah message from Bill Shorten”
  1. Andrew Blitz says:

    Thank you Mr Shorten, but you forgot to mention when you said that Chanukah commemorates the cleansing and re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem that this City was and is the eternal capital of Israel. You also forgot to mention that your party is on record as opposing recognition of this, and against placing Australia’s embassy there.

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