TORONTO, ON – Today Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood issued the following statement on Hanukkah:
“Tonight, Jewish communities around the world will celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek army, the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It also celebrates the miracle of a day’s supply of oil illuminating the Temple lamp for 8 full days.
“For eight nights, families will gather to pray, light the menorah, eat, sing, and exchange gifts.
“Hanukkah is also a time to honour the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of adversity. This season is a time to come together to celebrate the strength of your bonds.
“I wish all of those celebrating a very happy Hanukkah.”