Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Chanukah Broadcast at Prince of Wales Hospital

Cantor Hilton (left), Ron Hoenig MP (centre), Rabbi Kastel (right)
I was delighted today to join Rabbi Mendel Kastel, Chaplain to the Prince of Wales Hospitals and CEO of Jewish House, Cantor David Hilton of Sydney's Great Synagogue, representatives of the Bondi Lions Club, and children from Kesser Torah College in a broadcast to all the Prince of Wales Hospital patients on Channel 24 to bring to hospital patients part of the 2013 Chanukah Celebrations.

The Jewish festival of Chanukah is a retelling of an event in Jewish history. It is the festival of lights when families for 8 days light candles on a Menorah.

The Chanukah story was about "right over might, faith over doubt." In the Chanukah story, a small band of Jews rededicating the Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame for  8 days.

While the event occurred over 2000 years ago, the message from this historic event is just as important today as it celebrates the victory of freedom and justice over oppression, tyranny and darkness.

It is a timeless story and has given hope to people everywhere who are struggling. I am sure with todays broadcast, interviews, and songs of the Cantor and children, all of us gave some hope to those ill adult and children patients in the hospitals who are unable to celebrate Chanukah with their families.

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