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[ applause ] - some are here for the second time ron, but that's good. That means you love israel and you love everything, we're doing, and i'm very honored to have you all here. Thank you very much, and i want to thank you our great first lady she's done the most incredible christmas and we're excited to welcome so many friends to the white house as we wish you all a very happy chanukah we're del ...
ghted to be joined by our great Vice president mike pence and mike and we're thrilled, thank you. I love you too. Thank you and i love ivanka and i love jared and i love our first lady [ applause, ] and our three great-grandchildren are with usas well as jared's, incredible parents, sisters and family and where is charlie where's. The great charlie come on up here, charlie, come on on both of you. Come on up, come on up great people, tremendous people, great great businessmen, very successful and he loves come on come on sarah. He loves, he loves our country and he loves israel. I'M truly grateful to have the jewish faith woven so deeply into my family. I also want to recognize secretary stephen minuchin, stephen where's, david secretary dave bernhardt where's, david david is the largest landlord in the country by a factor of about 50. By of what we think we have big landlords, he controls half of the unitedstates, actually secretary of the interior, so david. Thank you very much for being here.

Come on up david steven come on up special and boy ilan car. Thank you eli. Thank you great job. Great job, along with representatives david cuts off michael mccaul and lee zeldin, come on up fellows, come on up what a job they have done, what a job they're warriors thanks as well to sheldon and miriam adelson for the incredible love and affection. We are forever grateful to all that you do to strengthen the unbreakable bond between the united states and israel sheldon miriam. Thank you very much. Thank you. You'Re great people and he's got no cash problem that i cantell you he's a fantastic man, a great visionary. He always wants to have a longer lease so longer everything i say sheldon, it could be less than 50 years. Okay, that's, okay! Sheldon! Thank you! So great. I also want to extend my appreciation to israelis ambassador israel's ambassador to the united states. Ron, dermer and ron has been an incredible tireless fighter for israel and happens to love the united states very much and jason.

Thank you very much for being here. Your family have watched them grow. Jason was with me for how many years 23 years with me and then came down here and he's working on some tremendous things like peace in the middle eastand. Thank you very much and the family looks so beautiful. Thank you, jason greenblatt here for this special occasion or two faith leaders who have tirelessly served our country. Thank you. Rabbi, bozhe, margo, rennet, where's rabbi, [ applause, ] and rabbi xavi boyarsky. Thank you rabbi. Thank you. This evening we come together to commemorate the remarkable story of chanukah. More than two thousand years ago, an oppressive dictator defied the holy temple and persecuted the jewish people. But a group of brave jewish warriors rose up, defeated a powerful army and reclaimed their glorious destiny.

As the jewish patriots searched for oil to rededicate the temple, they only found enough to light the menorah for one day they neededa little help from sheldon. I think right. Sheldon would have found a lot of oil immediately, however, that small batch of oil kept the flame burning for eight days, an eternal reminder of the jewish people's resilience, endurance and faith, and that's so true. Across the centuries, the jewish people have endured violence and oppression beyond measure, but no cruelty can overcome the might of your spirit and no destruction can crush the eternal strength of your resolve, and that is so true this evening. That'S true go ahead. Let'S give you a hand, [ applause, ]. We have a man that i have by the way great respect, mark levin, whiz, mark levin water straw, loose ball. Where is markhe's over here lee send him up here. Will you place mark come on up, come on up here, mark the great mark levin, what a show you know he had. A very successful radio show who knew that face is gon na work so well on television number one show come on mark wherever you may be. Where are you i saw them? Is that mark come on mark? Get your way up make your path like we used to say in the military, make a path make it, though, what a great guy, what a great show so who thought this guy was gon na, be a television star, all right hot, as can be on radio. All of asudden he tries to television thing the number one show mark.

I don't know how come on both of you come up. Come on out, mark yeah come on under day. I see he's hasn't gotten used to being a star yet he's so big and by the way, come in, say a couple: [ applause ]. It'S an honor to be here with the first jewish president of the united states and if he isn't he should be. I want to thank you. I want to thank you for it everything you have done for the jewish people. I want to thank you for everything. You'Ve done for the jewish people's ancestral homeland you're going to be remembered there for athousand years, and i want to thank you for what you've done for the united states of america, and i want you to know that we will not leave our general on the battlefield Without our support here, [ applause ], fantastic guy - thank you mark. So this evening we are profoundly honored to be joined by leonard. Gordon leonard is a holocaust survivor who endured the depths of evil in the nazi genocide that murdered six million jewish men, women and children. In 1944, he was imprisoned in a concentration camp when he heard the allied victory in normandy. That was a big big day.

It was then that he knew the allies would defeat the nazi regime he held onto that hope until he was liberated by the american soldiers. Soon leonard came to america got married and helped build submarines for the united states, navy and today leonard is 94, and he doesn't look a day over 90, i'm telling you i'm only kidding, leonard and leonard, you lift up our entire nation. My administration stands and unwavering solidarity with the jewish people and it where's leonard. Where is leonard, a good-looking man, wow you're, looking good well, we we do. We stand in in absolute joy of you leonard and what you've done is fantastic and with the jewish people are cherished and really are great friends and our allies, and we want to thank you forbeing with us and keep keep living well. Okay, leonard keep living well great job. Two years ago i recognized the true capital of israel and we proudly opened the american embassy in jerusalem and then i called up your great ambassador david friedman, and i said david, give me a little one minute or less lesson on the golan heights and he said What are you thinking about? I said: well, i'm thinking about doing sovereignty by israel over the golan heights. Give me a little better. We talked about the safety, the security, i think he told me everything he knew would took a little more than a minute, and i said: let's do it, so we gotthe golan heights sovereignty over the goal, honor and then i asked charlie kushner, i said charlie. Let me ask you: what's bigger, for the jewish people, giving the embassy to jerusalem, it becomes the capital of israel what's bigger that or the golan heights, he said neither i said what does that mean? He said the biggest thing of all is what you did by ending the iran nuclear catastrophe. I think that's true, i think that's true, so we did that and then earlier today we took another historic action to defend the jewish people and a few hours ago i signed a groundbreaking executive order to combat anti-semitic prejudice, and you know our politicians have been tryingto. Get this through congress for a long time, they've been talking about it and finally, they had a watered down version of it and it didn't get through.

So i authorized a very strong version of it because i deal with myself and and jared was so helpful and we got something done, that's much more powerful, much stronger and i can sign it myself and we're very happy with it. [ applause ]. So we figured we got to get it done. You know i learned a lot from mark that was good right mark. He said just do it yourself. It'S a lot easier. It'S true, but my executive order prohibits federal funding to any college or university. Thatspreads promotes, tolerates or supports anything having to do with anti-semitism, we're delivering a powerful message to american academia. Not all of it is very good, some of its wonderful, but not all of it, and it seems to be going in the wrong direction. Although i will tell you a lot of strides have been made over the last year, there's a lot of enthusiasm for what we believe what we think, but they got out of control. I said: if you want to receive federal dollars, you must reject anti-semitism and if they don't, they don't get hundreds of millions of dollars, and you have to see that the money that we pour into these colleges and thenthey do what they were doing. So we will not permit anti-jewish bigotry on our college campuses and if they want to do that, it's going to be extremely costly, it'll, be amazing how quickly they stopped.

My administration also forcefully condemns the so-called boycott divestment and sanctions movement. The bds, my administration, will not stand for these malicious attacks upon the state of israel, discrimination against members of jewish faith and the jewish faith. It has to be confronted at every turn and we will confront it at every turn. There is no tolerance for hate in the wake of yesterday's horrible shooting at the new jersey, kosher, supermarket and a sinister attack on the tree of life synagoguein paul way, you know the poway synagogue that was so terrible. We pledged to be vigilant, determined and united in defense of jewish americans. That'S what we're doing. We should have taken place a long time ago. So this evening we give thanks to the jewish community for its irreplaceable contributions to science, art, music, medicine, culture, philanthropy, public policy and every other aspect of our national life. Incredible job, incredible people. Last year, rabbi moshe and rabbis avi helped lead thousands of jewish americans and urging congressmen, judges, prosecutors and jewish communities to support the first-step act. That'S you know what that is criminal justice reform. I don't know why they called it.

The first step act. Becauseeveryone knows it is criminal justice reform which they were unable to get jared. Kushner got involved, ivanka got involved. I liked a lot what i saw a lot of the most conservative people in congress. Marc got involved, ted cruz and mike lee and many others, many others chuck grassley and we have it at both sides. Liberal conservative. It was a really an amazing thing. There was an amazing thing how it came together: rabbi, moshe and rabbis avi. We salute your leadership and we thank you very much for the job you did and you helped us greatly this evening. We once again show our appreciation to the jewish american community for the immeasurable ways you strengthenand inspire our nation. We stand in awe of your extraordinary contributions to our country and to humanity, and now i invite rabbi xavi to say a few words before rabbi: moshe lights, the menorah! Thank you all and may you all have a truly blessed hanukkah and a fantastic year. Thank you.

All very much [ applause ]. Thank you. Mr. president, madam first lady, thank you for hosting the stunning priests annika party. It'S truly an honor to be here, and god bless you for today's signing of the executive order, combating anti-semitism. Let us begin with a short prayer in memory of the victims of yesterday's horrendous shooting in jersey city. Let us say together: shema yisrael, adonai, elohenuadonai, echad, the chanukah lights are symbolic of the flame of godliness, the essential goodness embedded with it within each human being. Mr. president, back in the 70s, the rebbe rabbi, menachem mendel schneerson, called to nurture this goodness and allow its free expression, also among those incarcerated in our prison system. There'S an essential human dignity and the ability to produce and accomplish to emulate our creator. The rebbe taught there's a basic divinity in the freedom to soar, to transform to bring good to the world without confinement or constraint. The rebbe advocated that through good behavior and participating in educational programs by demonstrating remorse and a will to lead of a life of honesty and integrity, prisonersshould be able to earn a reduced sentence and the ability to contribute goodness maximally to the world.

Mr. president, through the monumental first step act, you have helped countless worthy individuals, reach their potential and share their unique divine light with the world a long, elusive goal, but thank god, and which are you, thank you to jared and his relentless team. This administration got it done. Mr. president, in a recent speech you said my vow from the beginning has been to stand up for those who have been forgotten, neglected, overlooked and ignored. My goal is to give a voice to the voiceless. With god's help, you have delivered big time, just as you promised to seeover bachchan, who spent much of his childhood, praying that every knock on the door was his father's, miraculous return and to so many children. I can't like him. You have been god's angel and the answer to their hearts felt players. This includes stet frazier and his family. After serving 25 years for a first-time nonviolent offense stet learned that he was due for immediate release under the first-step act. Inspiringly stead actually petitioned the court and successfully so to remain in prison for another 10 days so that he could finish teaching a self-help course for his fellow man in the company of his 8 overjoyed children.

Stet now continues to spread a message of hope and personalaccountability at schools throughout north carolina's mitchell county. Mr. president, by championing reform, and by using your executive powers for clemency, you have highlighted your innate belief in the human capacity for change and redemption. So so, on behalf of olives, founder and chairman rabbi, shalom lips kerr and on behalf of gary apfel, who is here with us today and who altruistic lee and successfully worked tirelessly on this and other vital efforts, and especially on behalf of the countless americans who are Given a new lease on life, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We are deeply grateful for this miracle and blessing. Mr. president, with your permission, i'd like to salute attorney general barr, an inspiring beaconof light in the war to dispel the darkness of anti-semitism, as well as the entire doj and bo p, for the remarkable work in ensuring that the human soul is treated with dignity. And can shine even in limited environments, rabbi moshe, margaretta, founder of aesthetic association momentarily prepare us for chanukah by demonstrating how the menorah will be kindled on the holiday since 2009. He spearheaded the effort to introduce effective prison reforms through mobilizing community leaders and laymen around the country to meet the members of congress and garnered support for more than 150 former prosecutors and judges. These tremendous efforts ultimately came to fruition with the first-step act.

Mr. president, madam first lady may god almightyshowers blessings upon you and through our collective increase in acts of goodness and kindness, may we soon merit a world filled with everlasting peace and light with the final redemption. God bless you and god bless america, [ applause ]! Thank you very much. Everybody. Thank you have a great chanukah. Thank you very much. [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music, ].

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