On Sunday, President Trump sent out a warm season greeting to all those in the Jewish community celebrating Hunakkah in the United States and around the world.
In the commemorating message, Trump also empathized with the 11 victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. Seven others were wounded in the shooting which took place on October 27, 2018.
The shooter, whose name is intentionally being left off this report, was motivated to conduct his assault by anti-Semitism. He also hated President Trump for his support for Israel and the Jewish community.
“Melania and I send out warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah,” Trump said in a presidential message.
“For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah,” the president continued. “This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which followed a trying period when Jews were persecuted for practicing their faith.”
“Unfortunately, Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe. We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October. As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season.”
And, “Over the coming days, may the warming glow of each candle on the menorah help fill homes and hearts with love and happiness. Together, we reaffirm the truth that light will always break through the darkness. We send our very best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.”
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