“As the eight days of Hanukkah begin, I wish all of Alberta’s Jewish people a wonderful holiday surrounded by love and family.

“This is a time to celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple. But the glow of the candles is more than a reminder of the past. It’s an invitation to reach out to others and illuminate their lives. That’s why hanukkias are placed in windows – so their light shines into the darkness. For the Jewish community, this tradition of generosity is as old as Judaism itself.

“May countless hanukkias light up our province this year. May they push back the gloom of winter and fill your homes with peace and joy.

“Chag Hanukkah sameach!”