In honor of the eight-day Jewish holiday, President Barack Obama released a Hanukkah video Sunday night in which he emphasized American values of freedom and dignity for all people.
“Tonight, Jews in America, Israel, and around the world come together to light the first candle of the Festival of Lights,” Obama began. “At its heart, Hanukkah is about the struggle for justice in the face of overwhelming obstacles.”
“It’s a chance to reflect on the triumph of liberty over tyranny, the rejection of persecution, and on the miracles that can happen even in our darkest hours,” stated the president. “It renews our commitment as Americans – as people who live by faith and conscience – to lead the way and act as unyielding advocates for the fundamental dignity of every human being.”
“During these eight days, let us be inspired by the light that can overcome darkness,” Obama continued. “As we recall the Maccabees’ struggle to free a people from oppression, let us rededicate ourselves to being the engine of the miracles we seek.”
His greeting concluded, “May the lights of the menorah brighten your home and warm your heart, and from my family to yours, Hag Sameach.”