Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE commemorated the start to Hanukkah on Sunday as the eight days of festivities for the Jewish holiday commence. 

“From our family to yours, and from the People’s House to your own homes, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a Chanukah Sameach, a Happy Hanukkah!” Biden said in a statement.

Biden, who is Catholic, characterized the story of the Jewish holiday as one that is “undeniably American” and offers a lesson for United States’ democracy.

“At its core, Hanukkah recounts a story at the heart of the human spirit — one that is inherently Jewish and undeniably American. It commemorates how even the most fragile flame can sustain a tradition and nourish the soul of a people,” Biden said. 

“It teaches us that even a little bit of light, wherever it is found, can dispel the darkness and illuminate a path forward. And it reminds us that whether it is the Holy Temple in Jerusalem or the temple of our democracy, nothing broken or profaned is beyond repair,” he added.

Other officials, including former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah The massive messaging miscues of all the president’s men (and women) ‘Car guy’ Biden puts his spin on the presidency MORE, also celebrated the start of the holiday.

“From our family to yours, Happy Hanukkah and Chag Sameach! Over the next eight days, may we celebrate the many blessings in our own lives, and be reminded of the enduring power of hope,” Obama tweeted. 

The holiday is observed by Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman, Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffEmhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Biden, Harris volunteer at DC nonprofit before Thanksgiving MORE, who is the first Jewish spouse to serve next to a president or vice president at the White House. 

Emhoff is set to attend the lighting of the National Menorah Sunday afternoon. 

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are ‘noise’ MORE’s daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Meadows comes under growing Jan. 6 panel spotlight Tucker Carlson rips Graham over report he told officers to shoot Jan. 6 rioters MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report Watchdog finds no money has flowed out of agency tasked by Trump admin to fight pandemic MORE, who are Orthodox Jews, were among those under the Trump administration who observed the Jewish holiday.  

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