Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for the Jewish people is, needless to say, a special day for Jews all over the world. This past Yom Kippur was especially special. Between the morning service and the afternoon service there is a break and some people go home to nap or go for a walk, etc. At the Shaare Hashomayim, where our family attends, they have speakers to discuss different topics and its usually excellent speakers that are invited to speak during the break. I heard it said that the invited speakers were as likely to come as the Prime Minister of Canada is likely to give the sermon. Who do you think spoke this year at the synagogue? You guessed it. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. It was a surprise for most. The Rabbi, invited him, as he was the Rabbi on Trudeau’s trip to Poland where they visited the Holocaust Museum and Auschwitz.
Trudeau came in with his security, of course. It was unexpected and exciting. He shook hands with the people. Phil was there with our two youngest grandchildren and when he was shaking hands with Phil, Phil said to him, “You have a friend and I have a son-in-law and they are both the same person.” Justin said, “Who?” and Phil told him and Justin said “Really?” and he looked at the kids and said “Of course, those are his children.” “And my grandchildren.” replied Phil. Phil said Justin put his hand on his shoulder and his handshake got firmer as the security men came to move him along. Talk about excitement. When my granddaughter got home she ran to her friends house to tell her she met the Prime Minister, who by the way, gave a heartfelt and moving speech.
Oh, and by the way, the 3 invited speakers for the break, accepted the invitation and were there to speak during the break.