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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Presidential couple light Hanukkah candles

  |   President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles The ceremony, attended among others by Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, former Israeli Ambassador Shewach Weiss A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda light Hanukkah candles A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw The ceremony, attended among others by Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, former Israeli Ambassador Shewach Weiss A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw A Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw

Both Jews and Poles had to fight for their survival, traditions, faith and freedom, President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday at a Hanukkah ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. See also: Speech by the President of the Republic of Poland on the Occasion of Kindling the Hanukkah Lights

 

The ceremony, attended among others by Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, former Israeli Ambassador Shewach Weiss, presidential officials, Jewish community representatives, politicians and media, included the lighting of special Hanukkah candles by President Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda.

 

In his address, President Duda reminded about the origins of the Hanukkah feast and its candle cult, and observed that both Jews and Poles laid great weight on tradition and religion, and both had to fight for their survival and traditions over history.

 

"There is some similarity between Jews and Poles in their fight for survival, for their traditions, faith and freedom. Poles also have a deep respect for their traditions, and for their faith. And Poles never allowed their faith to be taken away from them. (...) in this respect Poles and Jews are quite certainly similar", the president said.

 

See also: Statement by Shevah Weiss at the ceremony of Kindling Hanukkah Lights The Hanukkah feast commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah lasts eight nights and days and takes place between late November and late December. (PAP)

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