Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah:
“Tonight at sundown, Jewish families across Ontario and around the world will gather in their homes to light the menorah, beginning the eight-day Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah is about miracles and there has been no shortage of them this year. During one of the darkest times in our province’s history, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish community has been a bright light to so many people. Whether it was delivering meals to seniors or those in need, supporting children and youth with mental health services and counselling, or providing interest-free loans to get small businesses back up and running, I’m proud of all the Jewish organizations and individuals who have stepped up in countless ways to help take care of one another and help each other pull through this crisis.
This holiday commemorates the victory of the Jewish people over persecution and oppression. Let it remind us that freedom and courage will always prevail over fear and tyranny. Let us also take this opportunity to reflect on the blessings and gifts that we are grateful for during this difficult year.
This year has been unlike any other. Please celebrate the holidays safely with only those in your immediate household and virtually with everyone else.
I want to wish all those celebrating a very happy, healthy and safe holiday this year. Chag Hanukkah sameach!”