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A MESSAGE FROM

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

Prime Minister - Message - Passover 2020

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

 

PASSOVER 2021

Dear Maccabi Community

Passover is an old story –– a timeless story –– that has inspired generations of Jewish people around the world.

 

Last year, Seder tables across the globe were left with empty spaces, as families observed the restrictions required to keep us all safe.

 

The empty spaces lent special meaning to the words: This year we are slaves. Next year may we be free.

 

In the past year, we have risen to the challenge of our time, and we have done so in a uniquely Australian way.

 

So this year’s Passover reflection is on an ancient path and a newly trodden path. Reminded that when tested, we can find the same strength, good humour, resilience and connections to others that enabled earlier generations to rise to the challenges of their times.

 

This year, I express my gratitude to the Jewish people of Australia for their commitment to our national effort over this past year – and for your willingness to heed the call to “choose life”.

 

That choice was made many times over this past year. Every time it was difficult and trying. Nevertheless, because of those choices, this year the generations will gather again and the blessings of older generations will again be given to the young.

 

I greatly appreciate the Jewish community and my Jewish friends across Australia.

 

From ancient times to the present day, Jewish people have been blessed with a rich identity, a deep understanding of the past, and a fierce commitment to liberty. That identity enriches the lives of those around them.

 

The late great Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, whose writings mean so much to me, once said: “Freedom is the work of a nation, nations need identity, identity needs memory, and memory is encoded in the stories we tell.”

 

Passover is an expression of the rich culture, heritage and faith Jewish people cherish –– and a festival that offers a great gift to the world.

 

I thank the Jewish community for all you do, and I know your resilience and strength will sustain you into the future.

 

I wish you and your families a happy and joyful Passover –– Chag Pesach Sameach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

March 2021

Prime Minister - Message - Passover 2020