For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 4, 2002
Remarks by the President at Menorah Lighting
5:20 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Welcome. This is the sixth night of Hanukkah, the
Jewish festival of lights. This holiday marks the victory of Jewish
patriots over oppression more than two millennia ago. The menorah
represents an ancient miracle, in which a lamp with only enough oil for
one day burned eight.
Each year, Hanukkah brings a message of hope -- that light will
overcome darkness, that goodness will overcome evil, and that faith can
Today, the spirit of those early patriots lives in the lives of the
state of Israel and throughout the Jewish community, and among all
brave people who fight violence and terror. We pray that this season
of light will also be a season of peace for the Jewish people.
We are joined this evening by the members of the Ramaz Chamber
Choir. Ramaz is a modern orthodox Jewish day school in Manhattan, and
we're grateful to the students for making the trip to join us today.
I also want to thank Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia for
the use of this beautiful menorah. Founded in 1795, Rodeph Shalom was
the first Ashkenazic congregation established in the Western
Lighting the menorah will be Daniella and Alexandra Wald from New
York City. We welcome the girls here, and the honor is yours.
END 5:25 P.M. EST