A shofar is blown in the UAE’s Canberra embassy

September 17, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Chairman of Chabad Canberra, Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, together with Rebbetzin Chasia Feldman blew a shofar in front of the UAE’s ambassador to Australia during an official visit to the UAE embassy.

From L to R, Mr Hamad Alawadi, Counsellor, H.E Ambassador Abdulla Al Subousi, Rabbi Shmueli Feldman and Rebbetzin Chasia Feldman

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Feldman were greeted by UAE Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Abdulla Al Subousi, together with senior diplomats at the embassy and shared a lengthy and friendly discussion followed by a presentation ceremony.

The visit took place just hours after the signing in Washington, DC of the historic peace accord between the UAE, Israel, and Bahrain, and facilitated by the United States.

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Feldman presented the ambassador with a tray filled with small honey cakes prepared by the children of Canberra Jewish school.

Rebbetzin Chasia Feldman is the principal of the Canberra Jewish School.

Rabbi Feldman explained it is traditional to partake in sweet foods as part of the Rosh Hashana celebrations. The Jewish new year of 5781 starts with the holiday of Rosh Hashana this weekend.

The group held discussions regarding the importance and ramifications of the historic day, including the announcement by the UAE that hotels in the Emirates will soon offer Kosher food to their guests.

 

During the presentation, the Rabbi sounded the shofar and gave a blessing to the UAE diplomats, the people of the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel, and the leadership of the UAE, for making the bold move of formal peace with Israel and prayed that all mankind should benefit from this new beginning for generations to come.

Rabbi Feldman quoted the Jewish sages; “Peace is of utmost importance, as the whole Torah was given with the principle objective of bringing peace to the world. As it states in Proverbs: “Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.”

Chabad ACT and the UAE Embassy in Australia have enjoyed a friendly relationship in recent years.

In the last year, the UAE Embassy participated in the annual Chanukah event organized by Chabad ACT in the ACT Parliament, and Rabbi Feldman gave a keynote address at the International Tolerance Day event at the UAE Embassy.

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