ECAJ Presents Prime Minister Scott Morrison with a Menorah
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry today presented Prime Minister Scott Morrison with a Menorah as a gesture of support for him and the Government in leading Australia through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECAJ President Jillian Segal thanked the Prime Minister in particular for the Government’s ongoing support for the Jewish community in good times and in bad.
The Prime Minister has a collection of Judaica items in his office but this did not previously include a Menorah. ECAJ Co-CEO Peter Wertheim AM explained the difference between the nine branch Hanukkiah and the seven branch Menorah. He also explained the antiquity of the Menorah as both a religious and national symbol of the Jewish people noting that it is also the national symbol of the State of Israel.
“The Menorah is above all a symbol of light and enlightenment, of knowledge and of spiritual awareness” Mr Wertheim said.
“We hope that this Menorah will serve the Government and the Prime Minister as an inspiration to light the path forward for the country and bring hope in times of fear and uncertainty”.