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.
Today, the White House is hosting a pair of Hanukkah receptions in celebration of this special time of year. “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,” President Donald J. Trump said earlier this week.
In his Hanukkah message, President Trump called on Americans to remember the victims at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh whose lives were cut short this past October. “As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season,” he said.
“Over the coming days, may the warming glow of each candle on the menorah help fill homes and hearts with love and happiness.”
Watch President Trump deliver remarks at a White House Hanukkah reception.
Read: The President’s 2018 Message for Hanukkah