Polish president celebrates Hanukka with Jews

December 5, 2010 22:38

Poland's president lit a Hanukka candle and distributed gifts to Jewish children, continuing a tradition started by his predecessor of marking the Jewish holiday.

Bronislaw Komorowski on Sunday welcomed members of Warsaw's Jewish community to his residence on the fifth day of the 8-day-long festival of lights. He praised the tradition as a source of "beauty and wisdom" and said the president's home should be a place to honor different traditions.

He lit the first white candle of a menorah, with Jewish community leaders lighting the remaining five.

His predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, began a yearly tradition of marking Hanukka, a gesture valued by a Jewish community that was the largest in Europe before the Holocaust.

Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash in April.

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