As Jews across the country prepare to celebrate the Exodus from Egypt, here are a couple of goodwill messages, from the Commander in Chief and New York’s junior senator:
From President Bush:
This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.
I send greetings to those celebrating Passover, beginning at sundown on April 2.
During Passover, Jews around the world gather with family and friends to remember God’s deliverance of the Children of Israel from bondage more than 3,000 years ago. To celebrate their Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people commemorate the Passover each year by reading the Haggadah, singing traditional songs, and sharing the Seder meal. Through these traditions, the Jewish people express their gratitude for God’s redemption and the blessings of freedom, and they ensure that their heritage is passed on to future generations. Passover is a time of hope and faith and a time to reflect on God’s boundless love and endless mercy.
Laura and I send our best wishes for a blessed Passover.
GEORGE W. BUSH
And from Senator Clinton:
Hillary Clinton made the following statement in honor of Passover: “I wish to extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating the holiday of Passover, commemorating the story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery and reminding us all of the blessing of freedom. The Passover Seder is a wonderful tradition, bringing friends and family together to tell this important story to each generation. As we honor the celebration of Passover this week, let us also keep in mind those who are still struggling to escape from persecution throughout the world. We wish for them too the ability to live in peace and freedom with their families.