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FReeper Canteen ~ Presidential 2008 Military Message for Hanukkah ~ Dec 21 2008
The Canteen Crew ^ | December 20, 2008 | Serving the Best Troops and Vets in the WORLD!

Posted on 12/20/2008 5:06:29 PM PST by Bradís Gramma




Presidential Message

The story of Hanukkah recalls the miraculous victory of a small band of patriots against tyranny, and the oil that burned for eight nights. Through centuries of exile and persecution, Jews have lit the menorah. Each year, they behold its glow with faith in the power of God, and love for His greatest gift -- freedom.

This Hanukkah we celebrate another miraculous victory -- the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. When President Harry Truman led the world in recognizing Israel in May of 1948, many wondered whether the small nation could possibly survive. Yet from the first days of independence, the people of Israel defied dire predictions. With determination and hard work, they turned a rocky desert into fertile soil. They built a thriving democracy, a strong economy, and one of the mightiest military forces on earth. Like the Maccabees, Israel has defended itself bravely against enemies seeking its destruction. And today, Israel is a light unto the nations -- and one of America's closest friends.

This evening, we have the great privilege of celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary and Hanukkah in a very special way. Thanks to the generosity of the Truman Library, we are fortunate to light the menorah presented to President Truman in 1951 as a symbol of friendship by Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

A decade after President Truman received this gift, he visited Prime Minister Ben-Gurion for one of the last times. As they parted, Ben-Gurion told the President that as a foreigner he could not judge President Truman's place in American history, but the President's courageous decision to recognize the new state of Israel gave him an immortal place in Jewish history. Those words filled the President's eyes with uncharacteristic tears. And later, Ben-Gurion would say he rarely had seen somebody so moved.

And so tonight I'm deeply moved to welcome the grandsons of these two great men -- Clifton Truman Daniel and Yariv Ben-Eliezer -- to light the Truman menorah together.

Laura and I wish all the people of Jewish faith a happy Hanukkah and many joyous Hanukkahs in the years ahead.
Thank you











Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam asher kideshanu be-mitzvotav, ve-tzivanu le-hadlik ner shel Hanukah.



Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us by his commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukah.



Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam she-asa nisim la-avotenu ba-yamim ha-hem ba-zeman ha-zeh.



Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.



Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam she-hecheyanu, ve-kiyemanu, ve-higiyanu la-zeman ha-zeh.



Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.




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1 posted on 12/20/2008 5:06:29 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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A Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish troops, Freepers and lurkers!

2 posted on 12/20/2008 5:06:41 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Ditto!!!


3 posted on 12/20/2008 5:08:29 PM PST by constitutiongirl (We will not go quietly into the night...we will fight to save our Republic.)
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To: Alouette; Yaelle; Yehuda; Simcha7

Ping to you and your families! :)

Happy Hanukkah, dear ones!!!


4 posted on 12/20/2008 5:10:10 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY!)
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To: Brad's Gramma; xzins; bethelgrad; lightman; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; ..
Presidential 2008 Military Message for Hanukkah ~ Sunday Chapel

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

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To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
in keeping the Canteen doors open.

The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



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5 posted on 12/20/2008 5:11:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma; All
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up.


6 posted on 12/20/2008 5:17:27 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: All

May God bless our Jewish friends, troops, IDF, leos and alphabets (known and unknown to me) as you celebrate Hanukkah. May The Light of happiness shine on you as you celebrate this holiday.


7 posted on 12/20/2008 5:17:29 PM PST by Cindy
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To: constitutiongirl; Cindy; HopeandGlory

Thank you all! Have a blessed Lord’s Day!


8 posted on 12/20/2008 5:18:38 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY!)
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To: MoochPooch; Alouette; American Preservative; Yehuda; yonif; Tamar1973; richardtavor; USAF_TSgt; ...


Hanukkah Blessings


9 posted on 12/20/2008 5:25:44 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Top ten.

:-)

Thank you Troops!


10 posted on 12/20/2008 5:26:01 PM PST by fanfan (Update on Constitutional Crisis in Canada.....Click user name)
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To: MoochPooch; Alouette; American Preservative; Yehuda; yonif; Tamar1973; richardtavor; USAF_TSgt; ...

Wishing all our Jewish troops, veterans, families, allies, friends, and Canteeners
a peaceful and prosperous week.


11 posted on 12/20/2008 5:27:29 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: MoochPooch; Alouette; American Preservative; Yehuda; yonif; Tamar1973; richardtavor; USAF_TSgt; ...

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our G-d from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May HASHEM cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your G-d, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

G-d bless and keep your children safe, Alouette.


12 posted on 12/20/2008 5:32:46 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma; MoJo2001; StarCMC; HiJinx; Aeronaut; laurenmarlowe; AZamericonnie; beachn4fun; ...

Prayers for our troops, veterans, families, allies, friends, and Canteeners
for a safe and peaceful week ahead.


13 posted on 12/20/2008 5:35:55 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

14 posted on 12/20/2008 5:37:52 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: SoldierDad; vigilante2; jackv; Jemian; sneakers; arbee4bush; Azbushgal; LUV W; mystery-ak; ...
Thanks, Military Families, for your service to our country.


John Conlee ~ They Also Serve


15 posted on 12/20/2008 5:40:49 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Greetings,

I served with some fine Jewish men and women. I will remember them and honor their service always,

Bless you all.

Regards,
AR


16 posted on 12/20/2008 5:41:51 PM PST by alarm rider ("Father, let me dedicate all this year to thee". Lawrence Tuttiett (1825-1897))
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To: Jet Jaguar; txradioguy; Laurita; CMS; OneLoyalAmerican; tongue-tied; Defender2; Beagle8U; ...
To our Military -

Thank you for protecting us. Sleep well and safe.
May you be protected. May your families' hearts be at ease.

Thank you to our Allies.

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To those of our Military and Allies who gave their all,
- May your souls rest in peace. May your families be comforted.
May your/our country always remember.


17 posted on 12/20/2008 5:43:32 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Brad's Gramma

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18 posted on 12/20/2008 5:43:32 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

19 posted on 12/20/2008 5:44:48 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: alarm rider

Good Lord’s Day to you, AR....thanks for helping honor our Jewish military members, past and present.

Your stockings hung by the chimney with care?


20 posted on 12/20/2008 5:49:04 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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