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Statement From The President On Passover And The White House Seder Dinner


By Jueseppi B.







Statement from the President on Passover

As we prepare for our fifth Seder in the White House, Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Passover here in America, in the State of Israel, and around the world.


Tonight, Jewish families will gather with family and friends to celebrate with songs, wine, and food. They will read from the Haggadah, and retell the story that makes this holiday so powerful.


Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as President. I reaffirmed our countries’ unbreakable bonds with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres. I had the chance to speak directly with young Israelis about the future they wanted for their country, their region, and the world. And I saw once again how the dream of true freedom found its full expression in those words of hope from Hatikvahlihyot ‘am chofshi be’artzeinu, “To be a free people in our land.”


Passover is a celebration of the freedom our ancestors dreamed of, fought for, and ultimately won. But even as we give thanks, we are called to look to the future. We are reminded that responsibility does not end when we reach the promised land, it only begins. As my family and I prepare to once again take part in this ancient and powerful tradition, I am hopeful that we can draw upon the best in ourselves to find the promise in the days that lie ahead, meet the challenges that will come, and continuing the hard work of repairing the world. Chag sameach.



MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

White House Video: ‘President Obama On The Importance Of Passover’



he White House late on Monday afternoon released this new video, “President Obama On The Importance of Passover.”  It blends President Obama’s remarks from his address to the Israeli people last week in Jerusalem with photos from his White House seders from 2009-2012 and other images.


The President earlier on Monday afternoon issued a Passover Statement.  He will host his fifth White House seder this evening at 6:30 PM in the Old Family Dining Room.



President Obama’s 2013 Passover Message


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President Obama on the Importance of Passover


Published on Mar 25, 2013

President Obama talks about the importance of the Passover tradition while speaking to the Israeli people in Jerusalem.








President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, March 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)















President To Celebrate Passover On Monday, March 25
Fifth Annual White House Seder










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