US President Barack Obama sent his "warmest wishes to all those celebrating the sacred festival of Passover" Friday night, the Chicago Sun-Times quoted a message from the US president as saying. Obama is set host his third annual Passover seder at the White House Monday night.
Obama has held two seders at the White House in 2009 and 2010, and 2011 will mark his third year continuing the tradition. On the ceremony itself, Obama commented that "with its rich traditions and rituals, instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails."
The US president associated the Pessah theme of liberation and freedom to the recent "social transformation" occurring across the Middle East, saying he prays for Israel and its neighbors, while "reaffirming our enduring commitment to Israel's security."