Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: December 7, 2004

Message on the Observance of Hanukkah 2004,
December 7, 2004

I send greetings to all those celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights.

On the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago. During this time of darkness, the Temple had been seized, and Judaism had been outlawed. Judah Maccabee and his followers fought for three years for their freedom and successfully recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple. Jewish tradition teaches that the Maccabees found only one small bottle of oil to be used for temple rituals, but that oil lasted eight days and nights. The miracle of this enduring light, remembered through the lighting of the Menorah, continues to symbolize the triumph of faith over tyranny.

The bravery of the Maccabees has provided inspiration through the ages. We must remain steadfast and courageous as we seek to spread peace and freedom throughout the world. This holiday season, we give thanks to God, and we remember the brave menand women of our Armed Forces and their families. We also pray that all who live under oppression will see their day of freedom and that the light of faith will always shine through the darkness.

Laura joins me in wishing you a blessed and Happy Hanukkah.

George W. Bush

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Message on the Observance of Hanukkah 2004, December 7, 2004," Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:2922-2923 Original Sources, accessed May 28, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9RVM4RD5JDLRRAH.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Message on the Observance of Hanukkah 2004, December 7, 2004." Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:2922-2923, Original Sources. 28 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9RVM4RD5JDLRRAH.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Message on the Observance of Hanukkah 2004, December 7, 2004' in Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:2922-2923. Original Sources, retrieved 28 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9RVM4RD5JDLRRAH.