President Donald Trump delivered a hopeful message in honor of Hanukkah this week, noting that the “miracle” of the holiday began “more than 2,000 years ago when a proud group of Jewish patriots courageously stood up and reclaimed their faith, the freedom, and their traditions from an oppressive tyrant.”
The celebration of Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is a Jewish event centered on reflecting on the successful Jewish revolt against the Syrian armies of Antiochus. It also represents the plight of the Jewish people, who have been wholly discriminated against and abused for thousands of years by various empires.
“After that great victory, the Jewish heroes prepared to rededicate the holy temple but found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night,” Trump continued. “Yet, by the grace of the Almighty, the flames radiated for eight days and eight nights. Ever since, the Menorah has been a symbol of Jewish perseverance in the face of oppression and of God’s hope, mercy, and love in times of hardship.”
He acknowledged that the Jewish community around the world was “still reeling” from the “monstrous” attacks by Hamas on…
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