President offers his blessings for Festival of Lights

For eight consecutive nights during this twilight of the year, in Jewish homes across America and around the world, the flames of the menorah will once again brighten steadfast spirits and gladden faithful hearts.

Commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem more than two millennia ago, Chanukah is a joyous celebration of the victory of the righteous over oppression and a reaffirmation of religious freedom as a fundamental right of people everywhere.

This Festival of Lights is a reminder to all of us of the many blessings that brighten our lives: the love of God, the gift of freedom, the strength of family and community, and the hope of lasting peace.

As millions of families gather to kindle the flames of the menorah and to recite the special prayers of Chanukah, Hillary and I extend our best wishes for a memorable celebration and for happiness and peace in the coming year.