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Obama's Hanukkah message says the festival is for "people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share."

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President Obama, in his Hanukkah greeting--the holiday starts Friday evening--throws in an interesting angle: "Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share."

Who knew?

The Hebrew version here.....


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2009

Statement by the President on Hanukkah

Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Hanukkah around the world. The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds.

Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share. As families, friends and neighbors gather together to kindle the lights, may Hanukkah's lessons inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, to find light in times of darkness, and to work together for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow.

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Hebrew translation available here at whitehouse.gov.


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how many latkes for oprah?

I'm not so sure that a number of Muslims will be interested in celebrating Hanukkah with us.

Interesting interpretation of the holdiay. It's certainly preferable to use religious holidays to encourage diversity and pluralism, rather than dogma and prejudice. But it's an ironic message on a holiday celebrating the triumph of Jews who were fighting against forced assimilation, considering Obama's administration is continually blurring the lines between church and state, gives taxpayer money to organizations that practice religious discrimination in employment, and argues in support of a cross as a memorial for veterans of all faiths.

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