Happy Hanukkah!

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."

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:45 PM
    I love religious zealots. So self righteous.
  • by shadow on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:05 AM
    Jewish Floridians? When do the Jewish folk from all the other states celebrate?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Where did the fools at the jewish place on Meridian learn to drive? If you see a vehicle come out of that place BEWARE!
  • by Catholic citizen Location: TLH on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    I make it a point to shop at local businesses that say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah in their radio and TV adds. Thank you Gov. Scott for not bowing to what some call "political correctness." Merry Christmas everybody. Peace be with you all.
  • by LC2 on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    Now I can't get that Adam Sandler song out of my head. Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends.
  • by A Southern Baptist on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    May this be a very wonderful and Happy Hanukkah. Blessings to everyone!!!!!
  • by tally Location: tally on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    Funny how we can say Happy Hanukkah, shouldn't it be Seasoning Greetings as well, Christmas was still on the calendar the last time I looked at it so MERRY CHRISTMAS... MERRY CHRISTMAS... MERYY CHRISTMAS
  • by STEVE on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Happy Hanukkah to all you folks.
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