President and Mrs. Obama at a Chanukah reception held Dec. 9, 2011. (AFP)

“Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.”

“This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of a band of believers who rose up and freed their people, only to discover that the oil left in their desecrated temple – which should have been enough for only one night – ended up lasting for eight.

“It’s a timeless story of right over might and faith over doubt – one that has given hope to Jewish people everywhere for over 2,000 years.  And tonight, as families and friends come together to light the menorah, it is a story that reminds us to count our blessings, to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors, and to believe that through faith and determination, we can work together to build a brighter, better world for generations to come.

“From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.”


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