From the Desk - Chanukah
I wish you all a Chanukah Sameach!
It was wonderful that quite a few of you joined us on Zoom after Shabbat for Havdallah/Chanukah lighting and some musical entertainment from my kids on what also happened to be my Hebrew birthday! As I write (on Tuesday afternoon), we are getting ready for our Chanukah Drive in event at which we are expecting more than 70 carsful of people coming together (while staying in the cars) to celebrate Chanukah! Thank you to Chabad VSL and all our volunteers for your work to make this event a beautiful success!
Protesting the Persecution of the Uyghurs
Last Thursday, I helped to organize a protest against the persecution of the Uyghur population, outside the Chinese Consulate. Those of you who have Facebook can see my interview with the Suburban here. And you can learn more about the protests that took place on the same day throughout the world at this link.
To remind you, the Uyghur Muslims are an ethnic and religious minority found largely in China’s Xinjiang province. For decades, they have been persecuted by the Chinese government. Reports have circulated for years that more than one million Uyghurs have been interred in detainment camps, mistreated and tormented by the Chinese government.
B’nai Brith Canada is fighting to make a difference for the Uyghur people. I urge you to sign their petition to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne and in doing so, call on our government to take the necessary steps in protesting these atrocities.
Going Forward at Beth Ora
In addition to our regular programs, our AGM and the Book Club, I am excited to let you know about two great Beth Ora programs. On Saturday evening, Rebbetzin Carly invites the ladies of the community to join her on Zoom for an inspiring, musical Havdallah!
On Monday evening, we invite you to attend a Zoom debate between two of our members – Gail Kerzner and Myer Spivak! Gail and Myer will be debating a fascinating question that arises from the story of Joseph. For many years, Joseph is the second most powerful man in Egypt, and yet he never contacts his father to let him know that he’s OK. Gail and Myer have opposing theories to explain Joseph’s behaviour. After they have debated their positions, we will invite our attendees to vote. We look forward to a fascinating and enjoyable event.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Last week, I sent you a link to my talk on what I learned from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. I strongly encourage you to check out this incredible tribute which was put together by his office, in which you can learn more about Rabbi Sacks and what he stood for.
Wishing you all a Chanukah Sameach!
Rabbi Anthony Knopf