Watch: Obama speaks Hebrew at last Hanukkah candle lighting as president

US President Barack Obama held the White House’s annual Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony alongside the families of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres and of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
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Yesterday (Wednesday), US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held the White House traditional Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony. The families of late Israeli President Shimon Peres and of late Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel participated in the ceremony.

“The first chapter of the Hanukkah story was written 22 centuries ago, when rulers banned religious rituals and persecuted Jews who dared to observe their faith,” said Obama. "Which is why we are asked today to not only light the menorah but to proudly display it, to publicize the mitzvah.”

“Everybody in America can understand the spirit of this tradition, proudly practicing our religion, whatever it might be and defending the rights of others to do the same,” Obama added. “That’s our common creed.”

“The story of Hanukkah, the story of the Jewish people, the story of perseverance: These are one and the same,” said Obama.

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