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Happy Hanukkah


The Jewish festival of lights begins tonight at sundown. Beth Sholom Temple in Stafford County plans to have 150 attendees at is first-night-of-Hanukkah celebration tonight.

And President Obama released this statement:

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.