Presidential Papers, April 2011

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Author: Barack H. Obama  | Date: April 15, 2011

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Message on the Observance of Passover
April 15, 2011

My family and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the sacred festival of Passover.

On Monday evening, Jewish families and their friends in America, Israel, and around the world will gather around the Seder table and retell the story of the Exodus, one of the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in history. The story of Passover—which recalls the passage of the children of Israel from bondage and repression to freedom and liberty—inspires hope that those oppressed and enslaved can become free. The Seder, with its rich traditions and rituals, instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails.

This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa. Against the backdrop of change, we continue to pray for peace between Israel and her neighbors, while reaffirming our enduring commitment to Israel’s security.

As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free. Chag Sameach.

BARACK OBAMA

            

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Message on the Observance of Passover April 15, 2011," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] in Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011) (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAA1YY2G18RSY3T.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Message on the Observance of Passover April 15, 2011." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011], in Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAA1YY2G18RSY3T.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Message on the Observance of Passover April 15, 2011' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011]. cited in 2011, Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAA1YY2G18RSY3T.