“Today at sundown, our Jewish friends and neighbours in Ontario and around the world commemorate Yom Kippur—The Day of Atonement.
“This observance is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, marking the end of the Jewish High Holidays which began ten days ago with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
“Yom Kippur calls individuals to a place of repentance in search of forgiveness, and is also a time of fasting, prayer, synagogue fellowship, and rest.
“Ontario’s Jewish community continues to be an invaluable part of our province’s social and cultural fabric. The Jewish High Holiday season, particularly Yom Kippur, is a perfect time for all of us to learn more about this community’s culture and customs, and to reflect on the power of forgiveness and charity to unite Ontarians of all backgrounds.
“Gemar chatima tova.”