The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Yom Kippur:
“This coming Sunday marks the beginning of what is considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year.
“Known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the second of the High Holidays and the conclusion of a 10-day period specifically set aside to focus on introspection and repentance.
“It is a time to atone for the sins of the past year. It is also a time of rest, reflection, and renewal for Jewish people as they observe the day by fasting, praying, attending synagogue, and refraining from work.
“Fasting begins at sundown this Sunday and ends after nightfall the following day. A single blast from the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram’s horn, marks the conclusion of the fast and the end of Yom Kippur.
“For all Canadians, this important holiday provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that members of the Jewish community have made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage.
“As Prime Minister Harper has said, ‘Pluralism is the principle that binds our diverse peoples together.’
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes to Jewish people everywhere as they observe this most solemn and sacred holiday on their calendar.”
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