The first night of Chanukah in Washington featured the Attorney General of the United States hoisted in a cherry picker to light the National Menorah on the Ellipse near The White House. Kudos to Rabbi Levi Shemtov of American Friends of Lubavitch for putting on a great show, as always.
And today, Barack Obama sent out his best wishes to the community as follows:
My warmest greetings to all who are celebrating Hanukkah.
Hanukkah is a fitting time to give thanks and hope for a more peaceful and free year throughout the world. As Jews throughout America and around the world come together to light the menorah and remember the miracle of Hanukkah, we are thankful for the blessing of religious freedom in America. We stand with all those who are oppressed around the world for their religious beliefs.
The story of Hanukkah serves as an inspirational reminder that perseverance and faith can sustain us against difficult odds. Hanukkah’s lessons inspire all to be hopeful for the future and to find light in times of darkness. Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a memorable Hanukkah observance and for peace, joy, and hope in the coming year.
Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha