Washington - Cantor Helfgot To Perform At White House Hanukkah Ceremony
Washington - An 11-year-old Mequon girl is en route Wednesday to the White House, where she will read her award-winning essay on the meaning of Hanukkah as part of the annual menorah lighting ceremony.
Liora Bushee, a fifth-grader at Hillel Academy in Whitefish Bay, penned the piece, titled “Light” - that’s also the meaning of her name - as part of a national contest.
The ceremony, sponsored by the Washington-based American Friends of Lubavitch, will include performances by internationally known violinist Itzhak Perlman and cantor Itche Meir Helfgot. Jack Lew, director of the United States Office of Management and Budget and the Obama administration’s highest-ranking Jewish official, will light the menorah.
Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights, begins at sundown Wednesday. It commemorates the cleansing and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated their Greek-Syrian oppressors around 165 B.C.
Tradition holds that the Maccabees found only enough oil to illuminate the temple’s lamp for a day, yet the flames burned miraculously for eight.
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