The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:
“Tonight, at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
“Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the ten-day period of High Holy Days. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and come together with friends and family to share meals, prayers, and hopes for the future.
“The New Year offers hope for a new beginning. It is a chance to set new goals, embrace new challenges, and reach for something greater. As Jewish tradition teaches us, our work is never finished.
“Progress is not inevitable, and must be continually renewed and reimagined. Today, let us commit to do better and be there for each other, no matter what the New Year brings.
“Rosh Hashanah is a chance to celebrate Canada’s Jewish communities, and the significant contributions that Jewish Canadians make to our country. Today, we also reaffirm our ongoing responsibility to take action and stand together against anti-Semitism, hatred, and discrimination in all its forms.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.
“Shanah Tovah Umetukah!”