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.”
Tonight, the Jewish people will light the first #Hanukkah candle, beginning their celebration of the Festival of Lights. This holiday marks a historic victory for religious freedom. Chag Sameach to the Jewish community in the U.S., Israel, and around the world. pic.twitter.com/Iqc2Jmh2yY— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 2, 2018
This evening in Brussels, I met with with PM @netanyahu. It was a joy to wish him a happy #Hanukkah as we lit candles on the menorah. #ChagSameach! I also emphasized our commitment to #Israel’s national security & absolute right to self defense. pic.twitter.com/sF8m6rjsM0— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 3, 2018
President Trump Delivers Remarks at a Hanukkah Reception https://t.co/1RKmIQEY21— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 6, 2018
This evening, President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS hosted a celebration of Hanukkah at the White House—exactly one year to the day after President Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would at last move to Jerusalem.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2018
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