WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Menorah has been lit in Washington to celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights.
Rabbi Levi (LEH'-vee) Shemtov told the crowd that just as the Jewish people triumphed over their oppressors more than 2,000 years ago, "Decency over any force of evil or darkness will prevail"
Fourth-grader David (DAH'-vihd mohr-IHTZ") Moritz said the lit menorah symbolizes the religious freedom that everyone should enjoy.
Jeffrey Zients (ZY'-ehntz), acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, quipped that the day's-worth of oil that lasted eight days in the Jewish temple was a triumph of energy-efficient lighting.
The National Menorah and the National Christmas Tree both are illuminated on the Ellipse, the grassy park between the White House and the Washington Monument.
189-w-33-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Rabbi Levi Shemtov and fourth-grader David Moritz)-"(music fades)"-The National Menorah has been lit in the park adjacent to the White House to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (9 Dec 2012)
173-r-24-(Sound of crowd , the U.S. Navy Band and Jewish cantors, at lighting of the National Menorah)--This is the sound of the crowd at menorah lighting, the U.S. Navy Band and Jewish cantors, at lighting of the National Menorah. (9 Dec 2012)
170-a-14-(Rabbi Levi (LEH'-vee) Shemtov, vice president, American Friends of Lubavitch (loo-BAH'-vich, at National Menorah lighting ceremony)-"darkness will prevail"-Rabbi Levi Shemtov, vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch, says Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights. (9 Dec 2012)
172-a-12-(Jeffrey Zients (ZY'-ehntz), acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, at National Menorah lighting ceremony)-"energy efficient lighting"-Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, says that after the ancient Jewish victory, an amount of oil that was only sufficient for one day burned for eight days in the Temple. (9 Dec 2012)
174-r-15-(Sound of Jewish cantors and U.S. Navy Band, at National Menorah lighting ceremony)--Sound of Jewish cantors and the U.S. Navy Band at the National Menorah lighting ceremony. (9 Dec 2012)
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