Happy Hanukkah!

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U.S. Army LTC Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg lights the Menorah during a Hanukkah reception Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
U.S. Army LTC Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg lights the Menorah during a Hanukkah reception Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Happy Hanukkah!

This time of year marks a cherished Jewish tradition as families come together for eight nights to light the menorah. The tradition began more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which followed a trying period when Jews were persecuted for practicing their faith.

On December 6, the White House hosted a pair of Hanukkah receptions in celebration of this special time of year. In a message earlier in the week, President Trump said, “Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah.”

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