I send greetings to those who are observing Passover this week, beginning
at sundown on April 16.
For Jewish families across the United States and around the world, Passover
is a time of joy and renewal. This holiday celebrates the deliverance of
the Jewish people from oppression and marks their birth as a nation. In remembering
the Israelites' liberation from enslavement and their Exodus from Egypt,
Passover reminds individuals of God's faithfulness and of the triumph of
good over evil. It is also a time for families and friends to follow in the
footsteps of their forefathers and to gather at the Seder table to eat special
foods, offer prayers, and sing songs that celebrate their rich heritage,
the power of faith, and the eternal blessings of liberty.
The story of the Exodus, as found in the Scriptures, is timeless and universal.
More than 3,000 years ago, the children of Abraham learned of our Creator's
love and mercy as they reaffirmed man's natural desire for liberty. Every
year since then, Jews remember the miracles that led their ancestors out
of bondage and to the Promised Land.
As the international community works to face great challenges and embrace
important opportunities, the United States remains committed to peace, justice,
and opportunity. During this time of great consequence, we resolve to bring
about a rebirth of freedom and promise in troubled regions around the world.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a Happy Passover. We also
hope the holy season will bring a renewal of faith, comfort, and hope for