The White House will host two Hanukkah parties on Thursday, fifth night of Hanukkah. This year’s festivities were delayed because of President George H.W. Bush’s funeral. Incidentally, one of the videos released in honor of the late president showed him getting a lecture on the dreidel from a young Jewish girl who visited the White House on Hanukkah. After a couple of ‘Nun’s, Bush I rolled a ‘Gimmel’ and took the bank.
Every Jewish lawmaker was invited to this year’s Trump White House parties, after last year the president celebrated only with Jewish members of Congress who were supportive of him.
Trump’s Presidential Message on Hanukkah was issued on Sunday:
“Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah.
“For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah. This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which followed a trying period when Jews were persecuted for practicing their faith.
“Unfortunately, Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe. We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October. As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season.
“Over the coming days, may the warming glow of each candle on the menorah help fill homes and hearts with love and happiness. Together, we reaffirm the truth that light will always break through the darkness. We send our very best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.”