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Message of the President of Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Nina Bassat AM,  for the New Year 5774

Message of the President of Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Nina Bassat AM, for the New Year 5774

04 September 2013

As we approach this season of the High Holy Days and wish each other a happy, healthy and peaceful year we cannot help but be aware of the poignancy of those wishes in a precarious world, torn by strife and division, and for many, defined by suffering and despair.

In this time of great turmoil the desire for peace becomes the paramount hope. We pray for it on a communal level, we pray for it on a national level, and we pray for it on a global level.

We ask ourselves what we as individuals can do to promote the Jewish values of Tikun Olam and peace.

What we can do is to condemn discrimination, racism and violence, whenever and wherever we come across it. What we can do is to try to ensure that we deal with each other with integrity, with understanding, with acceptance of each other’s views, and above all, with kindness.

We can work together as a community, even if our politics, our religious observance and our philosophies differ. For it is only if we work united as one that we can have the strength to deal with the multiplicity of attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel and, by extension, the whole of the Jewish people.

It is only if we accept the challenge of unity and act on it as a possibility that we can wish each other a happy and peaceful 5774.

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