Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.
This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression. Upon discovering the desecration of their Temple, the believers found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night. And yet it lasted for eight.
Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better, more complete world for all.
From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.
The photo is from the White House Hanukkah party in 2011, where kosher food was served much to the chagrin of M.J. Rosenberg. (CORRECTION: MJ actually had a meltdown over the White House serving kosher food at a Passover seder which is actually even more of a sad FAIL) This was the first of many reasons that Babushka decided to vote for Barack Obama last Election Day.
Happy Hanukkah from Israel!