On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am honoured to acknowledge the Jewish community and everyone marking Yom HaShoah V’Hagvurah, Israel’s day of commemoration for the six million Jews who perished in the Shoah.
In Israel and in Jewish communities in Ontario and around the world, Jews say Kaddish and hold name-reading ceremonies to honour those whose lives were taken in the genocide.
We also honour the Survivors who overcame unthinkable circumstances and showed remarkable courage during one of the darkest and most tragic times in history.
These acts of remembrance are powerful tools that enable us to empathize with the plight of those who have been persecuted. In doing so, we can better transmit the lessons of history to the next generations: L’dor va’dor.
While we have had great success in building a diverse and inclusive society, reports of hate crimes and anti-Semitism in North America and around the world serve to remind us that we must remain ever-vigilant against all forms of hate and intolerance.
Let us, then, take this occasion as an opportunity to strengthen our resolve to banish prejudice, promote a culture of dialogue and mutual respect, and build a better world for future generations.
Please accept my sincere best wishes for a meaningful day of
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