The following is President Obama’s statement on Passover (April 14, 2014).

As he has in the past, the President held an official Passover Seder at the White House.

Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.

Yet even as we celebrate, our prayers will be with the people of Overland Park, Kansas and the family and friends of the three innocent people who were killed when a gunman, just one day before Passover, opened fire at a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday. As Americans, we will continue to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society. We will continue to come together across faiths to combat the ignorance and intolerance, including anti-Semitism, that can lead to hatred and violence. And we will never lose faith that compassion and justice will ultimately triumph over hate and fear.

For that is one of the great lessons of the Exodus. The tale of the Hebrew slaves and their flight from Egypt carries the hope and promise that the Jewish people have held in their hearts for thousands of years, and it is has inspired countless generations in their own struggles for freedom around the globe.

In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning. We come from different places and diverse backgrounds, but we are bound together by a journey from bondage to liberty enshrined in our founding documents and continued in each generation. As we were so painfully reminded on Sunday, our world is still in need of repair, but the story of the Exodus teaches us that with patience, determination, and abundant faith, a brighter future is possible.

Chag Sameach.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. A “gunman” opens fire? “terrible violence” ? He just can’t call it what it is “terrorists” “terrorism” etc. he throws around hollow words about the Hebrews fleeing Egypt to appear compassionate (puke). He’s the one whose emboldened his Muslim people to murder Jewish people, take their land – he’s assuming we’re all idiots. One thing he said is right tho: ULTIMATE JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!!

  2. This to me is such an insult to everyone who is Jewish and I’m not even one of them! The pResident is supposed to be a supporter of Israel but, has done everything to the contrary. God is going to take care of His people, of this I have no doubt. He will also bring His wrath upon those who have turned their backs on them. I will apologize to all of you who are Jewish, this Muslim pResident has no idea what he’s doing. He just reads what is written for him from a teleprompter. It’s so sad he is so misguided. He’ll find out when all of those who Believe will be called Home!

  3. I'm no fan of Obama, but that statement is not the right vehicle to respond with an expression of my displeasure about the administration and the president. It was a gracious statement that should be warmly received by the Jewish people. We'll have plenty of other opportunities to virtually tar and feather him.

  4. Obama forgot it was the Lord G-d of Israel that delivered the Israelites from bondage to slavery and oppression while in Egypt with a might Hand, Since Obama does not honour the Lord G-d of Israel, with condoning same sex marriages and abortions, He is really a

  5. It it with sickening displeasure that one of our own would waste precious air with such verbage that insites the perpetuation of hatred against Us…YOU need to RE-READ Exodus then perhaps You will gain not only some knowledge of G-d's purpose for it but an understanding of what Pesach means. SHAME ON YOU! and those who support Your thinking.

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