Chanukah message from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

December 15, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The festival of Chanukah is a powerful story about the strength of the Jewish faith and the heroism of the few over the many.

Anthony Albanese

The Jewish people have celebrated Chanukah for more than 2,100 years.

This year we will again join you in celebrating this triumph over religious persecution and the power of hope in even the darkest times.

At a time of resurgent antisemitism around the world, the story of Chanukah becomes more important. It is an opportunity for us to redouble our efforts to reject and denounce antisemitism while we embrace your rightful place in the fabric of our multicultural society.

The late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks reflected,

“Chanukah is about the freedom to be true to what we believe without denying the freedom of those who believe otherwise. It’s about lighting our candle while not being threatened by or threatening anyone else’s candle.”

As we light the Chanukah menorah this year, I reiterate that I will continue to work to ensure Australia is always a place where you can proudly practice your faith and where Jewish communities are respected for your connectedness and devotion.

For eight nights, the Chanukah lights are placed in windows facing the street for all to see. They shine to remind us of the universal message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, hope over despair, and light over darkness.

To the Jewish people of Australia — and around the world — Happy Chanukah!

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Prime Minister of Australia


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