The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of Rosh Hashanah:
“Today, we join Jewish communities – in Canada, in Israel, and around the world – in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
“Rosh Hashanah, which occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishrei, marks the beginning of the Days of Awe. It is a time to reflect on the past year, and look forward with hope and renewed purpose to the year ahead.
“To mark this occasion, families and friends gather to pray and hear the blowing of the Shofar – a ram’s horn trumpet – exchange greetings, and share a special meal.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to reflect on the important contributions of the Jewish community in Canada to our national fabric, and wish all those celebrating a new year filled with hope, peace, and renewal.
“Shana Tova Umetukah!”