For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 7, 2001
President's Hanukkah Message
Laura and I Send Our Warmest Greetings to All Those Celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights.
The celebration of Hanukkah is inspired by the story of the miracle of
the lamp: how a ration of oil sufficient only for one day burned for
eight. It is a holiday of hope that encourages trust in God's
providence and God's purposes, even when we are threatened by darkness
Hanukkah commemorates the reconsecration of the ancient temple in
Jerusalem by the Maccabees and their followers, after it had been
desecrated. Hanukkah celebrates the liberation of the ancient kingdom
of Israel from foreign occupation. It teaches us that freedom must
sometimes be fought for -- a message that continues to resonate today.
We join all people of Jewish faith in thanking God who has "sustained us
and enabled us to reach this season." May the candles of Hanukkah light
our memories of those lost on September 11. And may this be a season of
joy for us all.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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