President Barack Obama’s statement for Hanukkah:

Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.

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This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression. Upon discovering the desecration of their Temple, the believers found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night. And yet it lasted for eight.

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better, more complete world for all.

From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I am so glad that President Obama voiced his opinion in regard to the Jewish People. It is heart warming to hear that even not all the time we have a friend/friends which believe in us and wish us good.
    Thank you Mr. President and Mrs. First Lady. From Cherry Orly.

  2. You really do not understand Malkah's point of view in all of her articles. She is not taking a position for or against the article that she is writing about for it would constitute violating a Jewish principle called "Loshon Harah". Having myself worked for a number of years in the Hebrew University School of Law, I know that the students are trained to recognize and deal with both sides of an issue. Malkah Fleisher could have very well taken a stand to tear this whole issue into little pieces of trash and would have done a more complete job than anybody here but rather she left the matter up to you to decide on how you feel.

  3. I agree with Liad, but Obama’s comments were a slap in the face. I think it would have been better to leave the article unpublished. Let Reuters do the dirty work, that’s what they are fit for. Obama’s comments are so shallow that he thinks Chanukah is about lighting candles. Whatever common aspirations are shared between all religions, have nothing whatever to do with religion. The rest is a lecture to Israel to remember the child on the floor (Abbas) beating his little hands and ranting in the suffering of his tantrum. While forgetting the suffering of Israeli children living under the constant threat of one incendiary or another.

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