So Inbar and Mouran and their fellow students teach us a critical lesson for this time in our history: The light of hope must outlast the fires of hate.The White House posted a 10-minute video of the President's remarks and those of Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson who led the blessings in lighting the Hanukkah candles.
A few hours later the President hosted the second reception. (Full text of remarks.) At this reception, a menorah from children in Yemin Orde, a village in Israel founded in 1953 to provide a safe haven to orphans and young immigrants after the Holocaust, was used. The candles were lit by a Yemin Orde graduate, along with Dr. Adam Levine who recently returned from fighting ebola in Liberia. Manhattan Rabbi Angela Buchdahl recited the blessings.