Trump on Hanukkah:
'The Jewish people are a light to all nations'

U.S. President wishes the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah.

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Trump at Hanukkah reception in the White House
Trump at Hanukkah reception in the White House
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U.S. President Donald Trump wished the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah as the Festival of Lights gets underway at sundown on Tuesday.

“Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to come together around the lighting of the menorah and celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future. Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a statement.

“The miracle of Hanukkah began more than 2,000 years ago, when the practice of Judaism was made punishable by death. A small band of Jewish patriots rose up and reclaimed their Jewish identity by vanquishing a mighty army. In their pursuit to rededicate their holy temple, the Jewish heroes found only enough oil to light the temple's menorah for one night. However, a miracle occurred and with God's grace the oil lasted for eight days.”

“On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish State, which has itself a miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds. We hope that those observing the holiday here, in Israel, and around the world have a wonderful holiday,” he concluded.

Last week, Trump hosted a Hanukkah reception at the White House, continuing the annual tradition started by former President George W. Bush.

In his remarks at the reception, Trump noted that this is an "especially special" Hanukkah, and mentioned his declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which was made a day earlier.

“Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and the promises of the future. We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and renew our enduring bond,” said Trump.

"And right now I’m thinking about what’s going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem," he added.








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