NZ Catholics send Chag Sameach

September 30, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations has sent a Chag Sameach to the NZ Jewish community.

Dear Jewish brothers and sisters throughout New Zealand
Please accept prayerful greetings from the NZ Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations at this time of the year when you prepare to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot, the Festival of Tabernacles.
It has been very enlightening to learn more about Sukkot. Most people are aware of the Leviticus story which tells of the forty years the Jewish people spent in the wilderness on the way from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.  Most however would not know of the sukkah and the symbolic use of the palm branch, the citrus fruit, the myrtle and the willow and the waving of the lulav.
It is by learning more about festivals such as Sukkot, with their significance to the Jewish people that we deepen our understanding and respecting of the Jewish faith but also learn more of our common history.   It also reminds us of our shared concepts such as pilgrimage and its importance in our faith traditions.
We wish you a joy-filled Sukkot and look forward to our continuing to work together towards peace, closer relations  and a widespread acceptance and celebration of diversity.

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