The Jewish holiday of Chanukah begins at sundown this evening. In recognition, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Tonight, along with Jewish families across the world, my family will light the menorah in celebration of the first night of Chanukah. Each night we light another candle to remember the miracle that happened more than two thousand years ago and the power of hope and justice in the face of incredible adversity. We also appreciate the miracles that happen in our lives every day.
“For the first time in more than a generation, Chanukah begins on the same day as Thanksgiving. These two holidays give us the opportunity to come together, reflect, and be thankful for all the blessings in our lives. Both holidays also direct us to be mindful of those who are less fortunate, and recommit ourselves to the values of mitzvot and tzedakkah—good deeds and giving to others.
“However you are celebrating, I wish you and your family happy holidays, and may the bright light of Chanukah shine for all of us in this coming year.”