US President Barack Obama delivered a combined Passover and Easter message
during his weekly radio address on Saturday.
Obama noted that earlier in
the week, “Jewish families gathered around the Seder table, commemorating the
triumph of faith over oppression.”
The message did not mention the fact
that the Obama family hosted its own Seder at the White House as well, a
tradition the first family began in the last administration.
referred to Easter, which his family will celebrate on Sunday.
of the importance that all faiths put on helping others.
“From Judaism to
Islam, Hinduism to Sikhism, there echoes a powerful call to serve our brothers
and sisters, to keep in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all and to
treat others as we wish to be treated,” he said. “That’s the common humanity
that binds us together.”
“As Americans, we’re united by something else,
too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding, and the belief
that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared
responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens,” he continued.