Ottawa, October 7, 2011 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Yom Kippur:
Today at sundown is the beginning of Yom Kippur. Considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur marks the end of the High Holy Days that are set aside to focus on introspection and repentance.
As the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur 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.
For all Canadians, this solemn and sacred holiday provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Jewish faith and the numerous and valuable contributions of members of the Jewish community in Canada.
As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my warmest wishes to Jewish people everywhere as they observe Yom Kippur.
Gemar chatima tovah.