WASHINGTON – The Obama family wished the global Jewish community a “chag
sameach” for the start of Hanukka, which began on Saturday night.
addition to his Hebrew happy holiday wishes, US President Barack Obama spoke of
Hanukka’s historic and religious significance in a statement sent out Friday
“This Hanukka season we remember the powerful story of the
Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression,” he
Obama also spoke of the opportunity the holiday provided “for
people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share.”
referred to recognizing the blessings Americans enjoy, remaining mindful of
those who are suffering and “our commitment to building a better, more complete
world for all.”
This week will see a plethora of festivities in
Washington to mark the holiday, including the lighting of the massive outdoor
“national menorah” on the ellipse across from the White House.
House is set to host a Hanukka party for Jewish community and political leaders
later in the week, as are members of Congress, diplomats and political