There is clear and growing affinity between the current American administration and Israel. Early in his presidency, Donald Trump made a stop at the Western Wall in the Old City, and just recently proclaimed Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
As we eased into Hanukkah last Tuesday, the joy was shared in both camps. Israel’s top rabbis gathered to light the Hanukkah menorah at the Western Wall, and President Trump hosted a Hanukkah-lighting celebration. Hosting Hanukkah celebrations at the White House is not a new thing, but was certainly a highly celebrated event this year, given the President’s Jerusalem announcement.
Above is a photo of the gathering at the Western Wall. (Courtesy of Amir Tsarfati’s Instagram page.) Below are comments made by President Trump, accompanied by a Holocaust survivor and the NYC rabbi who led the candle-lighting ceremony at the White House.
As we continue celebrating the final days of Hanukkah and look toward Christmas celebrations, I hope your heart is encouraged by the faithfulness of our Lord, which is evident in both Hanukkah and Christmas.