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President Obama says happy Hanukkah to Jews around the world

December 20, 2011 |  3:26 pm

Hanukkah
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a message for Jews around the world: chag sameach.

That’s Hebrew for wishing someone a festive holiday, akin to a "happy holidays" greeting. The Obamas issued the following statement today in honor of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, which begins tonight at sundown:

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.

Chag sameach and happy Hanukkah to all!

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Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama and the president arrive at a Hanukkah celebration held at the White House. (European Pressphoto Agency /Win McNamee)

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