December 20, 2011 -
Statement by the President on Hanukkah
Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.
This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of a band of believers who rose up and freed their people, only to discover that the oil left in their desecrated temple – which should have been enough for only one night – ended up lasting for eight.
It’s a timeless story of right over might and faith over doubt – one that has given hope to Jewish people everywhere for over 2,000 years. And tonight, as families and friends come together to light the menorah, it is a story that reminds us to count our blessings, to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors, and to believe that through faith and determination, we can work together to build a brighter, better world for generations to come.
From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.
Statement from Governor Rick Scott Regarding Chanukah
Tallahassee, Fla. –
“Beginning at sundown tonight, Jewish Floridians will begin celebrating the eight days of Chanukah. I hope that this year’s celebration is shared with friends and family and is a reflective time, filled with joy and prayer.
“The strength of Florida’s Jewish population is one of our state’s greatest assets. After returning from a trade mission to Israel this month, I have a better understanding of the Jewish faith and history. While in Israel, I was honored to participate in Shabbat prayers and visit holy sites, including the Western Wall, and during this special holiday, I hope we can all reflect on the important contributions our Jewish friends contribute to our state and nation. Ann and I are honored to celebrate the festival of lights with Florida’s Jewish community."