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December 15, 2017  RSS feed
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David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, lights menorah at Western Wall

Ambassador Friedman lighting the menorah at the Western Wall. Ambassador Friedman lighting the menorah at the Western Wall. JERUSALEM (JTA) – David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, lit the menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the second night of Hanukkah. Thousands attended the ceremony on Dec. 13, one week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Some 2,180 years ago, the Maccabees reclaimed this very site and restored Jewish ritual to the Second Temple” Friedman tweeted after the lighting ceremony. “Awed to stand on the same hallowed ground.”

Friedman lit the candles accompanied by the Western Wall rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitch; Jerusalem’s chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar; and the minister of tourism, Yariv Levin, Ynet reported.

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