The Prime Minister’s message for Yom Ha’azmaut

April 27, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Yom Ha’atzmaut is usually a time of celebration and reflection—a moment to recall the promise of freedom, the strength of hope, and the emergence of a proud and potent nation.

Scott Morrison

However, this year will be very different as we all experience a global health crisis.

Coronavirus is a once-in-a-century event. It requires all of us to look out for each other and be mindful of our civic duty.

All of us have a role to play in keeping our community safe: employers, nurses, doctors, teachers, scientists, friends, family and neighbours. I know we will rise to the challenge.

Life has changed, and it will continue to change in the coming months. But Australians are a remarkably resilient people, and we are working together with a new sense of purpose.

Though we cannot gather together in our homes or congregate in public celebration, we can be together in spirit.

We can take strength from the depth of traditions and teachings that have sustained people through times of adversity.

Ideals of hope and strength, of solidarity and resolve, resonate through centuries of Jewish tradition.

They have been upheld in every corner of the world, under every imaginable circumstance.

They are values that the world now needs more than ever as we look forward to better days.

I wish the Australian Jewish community all the best for the year ahead, and thank you for all you give to Australia — this special place we call home.


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