Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah

President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE commemorated the start to Hanukkah on Sunday as the eight days of festivities for the Jewish holiday commence. 

“From our family to yours, and from the People’s House to your own homes, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a Chanukah Sameach, a Happy Hanukkah!” Biden said in a statement.

Biden, who is Catholic, characterized the story of the Jewish holiday as one that is “undeniably American” and offers a lesson for United States’ democracy.

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“At its core, Hanukkah recounts a story at the heart of the human spirit — one that is inherently Jewish and undeniably American. It commemorates how even the most fragile flame can sustain a tradition and nourish the soul of a people,” Biden said. 

“It teaches us that even a little bit of light, wherever it is found, can dispel the darkness and illuminate a path forward. And it reminds us that whether it is the Holy Temple in Jerusalem or the temple of our democracy, nothing broken or profaned is beyond repair,” he added.

Other officials, including former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCutting through the noise of COVID risk: Real-life consequences of oversimplification Russia-Ukraine conflict threatens U.S. prestige Appeasement doesn't work as American foreign policy MORE, also celebrated the start of the holiday.

“From our family to yours, Happy Hanukkah and Chag Sameach! Over the next eight days, may we celebrate the many blessings in our own lives, and be reminded of the enduring power of hope,” Obama tweeted. 

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The holiday is observed by Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman, Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBiden, Harris meet with Holocaust survivors to mark annual remembrance day The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE, who is the first Jewish spouse to serve next to a president or vice president at the White House. 

Emhoff is set to attend the lighting of the National Menorah Sunday afternoon. 

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE’s daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? WATCH: Weekend stories you might have missed Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDonald Trump slams Jan. 6 panel after Ivanka Trump interview request: 'They'll go after children' Kushner investment firm raises more than B: report Trump: Netanyahu 'never wanted peace' with Palestinians MORE, who are Orthodox Jews, were among those under the Trump administration who observed the Jewish holiday.