I am pleased
to send greetings to everyone celebrating Hanukkah, the festival
For eight days
and nights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple
in Jerusalem and the ancient story of Israel’s courageous faith.
In a victorious struggle against their oppressors, the Maccabees
heroically overcame enormous odds to liberate the ancient kingdom
of Israel. Hanukkah reminds us that faith can give us the strength
to overcome oppression. Today, the spirit of the Maccabees continues
to live and thrive among the Jewish people and in the State of Israel.
eight days of Hanukkah, Jews throughout the world gather with family
and friends to rejoice and celebrate. Each night, they light a branch
of the menorah to commemorate the miracle of the lamp that, with
only enough oil for one day, burned in the ancient Temple for eight
days. The festival of lights culminates on the eighth night when
all the candles burn in unity, symbolizing the eternal light of
the Temple and the long-standing struggle of the Jewish people against
in thanking God for our blessings and renew our commitment to the
values of faith, family, and community that make us strong. The
candles of Hanukkah remind us that in the face of darkness, goodness
me in sending our best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah.
GEORGE W. BUSH