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Biden marks start of Hanukkah at national menorah

2 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 16 2014 Dec 16, 2014 December 16, 2014 3:00 PM December 16, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Josh Lederman

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says Hanukkah is about the miracle of courageous warriors overcoming great odds to protect their people's culture and dignity.

Biden is marking the start of the Jewish holiday by observing the lighting of the national menorah. A trio of cantors sang Hanukkah songs as a rabbi lit the giant menorah in front of the White House.

Biden says Jewish heritage is American heritage.

Jews mark each of the eight days of Hanukkah by lighting candles on a menorah, or candleholder. The national menorah has been lit in front of the White House every year since 1979, when President Jimmy Carter attended the first lighting.

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians. The holiday started Tuesday. There are Hanukkah events scheduled for the Congregation B'Nai Israel this Friday and Saturday, and at the Beth Shalom Synagogue.

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