2009 Hanukkah (Chanukah) Message from President Obama

The White House has released a statement from President Obama to all those celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the President of the United States of America
Hanukkah (Chanukah) 2009


Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Hanukkah around the world. The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds.

Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share. As families, friends and neighbors gather together to kindle the lights, may Hanukkah’s lessons inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, to find light in times of darkness, and to work together for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow.

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