American Jewish soldiers in the Middle East have received a Passover Hagada signed by American President George W. Bush, Chabad-Lubavitch reported. It arrived in Kuwait last week and then was transferred to Iraq, where it will make the rounds of American bases for approximately 1,000 Jewish troops in the region.
"It must be very uplifting for soldiers with sand in their boots, pressing ahead in difficult conditions, to realize that their Commander-in-Chief cares so much to personally send a special message to them," said American Friends of Lubavitch director Rabbi Levi Shemtov. "I hope this will give a new vigor to troops in the theater."
The Hagada features a commentary from the teachings of the late Lubavitch leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Copies of the book were presented to President Bush on the occasion of the 106th year since the birth of trhe rabbi, considered by some to be one of the most influential Jewish figures in modern history. The president kept one copy and signed the other, which is being sent to soldiers. "To our troops. May G-d bless you," he wrote.