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Washington - Donald Trump Sends Out Invites To White House Chanukkah Party

Published on: November 13, 2017 03:02 PM
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FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaFILE - U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Washington - President Donald Trump will continue the White House tradition of hosting a Hanukkah party.

Invitations have been sent out for the Dec. 7 event, Maggie Haberman, The New York Times White House reporter, wrote Monday on Twitter. Hanukkah starts this year on the evening of Dec. 12.

George W. Bush started the tradition of an annual Hanukkah party in 2011, the first year of his presidency. Barack Obama, his successor, continued the parties and often hosted two receptions to accommodate demand.

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Invitees typically include the heads of American Jewish organizations, Jewish members of the administration and Congress, and other prominent American Jews.

Starting in 1979 with a lighting by Jimmy Carter, presidents have also participated in a ceremonial lighting of the National Menorah erected near the White House by Chabad, a haredi Orthodox Hasidic sect.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are Orthodox Jews, as well as top White House aides. However, many Jews and non-Jews have criticized the president for not sufficiently repudiating anti-Semitism, including among his white nationalist and neo-Nazi supporters.

The most recent example was his response to violence at an August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he blamed “both sides” and said “very fine people” marched alongside the neo-Nazis and Klansmen.

At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., last month, Trump said people had stopped using the word “Christmas” due to political correctness.

“We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, will end several days before Christmas.



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 Nov 13, 2017 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

So I should be looking in my mailbox and planning my trip to Washington.

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

His kids should run it.

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

So I should be looking in my mailbox and planning my trip to Washington.

How can we find you, when your name is anonymous?

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 06:09 PM Anonymous Says:

George w bush was president 2001-2009

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 06:58 PM Educated Archy Says:

As with the rosh hashana call, real torah jews will be invited and join while those jews who believe in a fake form of judasim are not invited. Whats theo that believe in fake judiasm? Those who believe in LGBT's despite the fact that our torah calls it an abomination.

(Note that does not mean we should ridicule LGBT's however, they have no place as an identity in our religon. of course we should still be nice and warm to them . if they happen to jews who are LGBT its a myzva t be makrav them. However, they must stay as jews who happen to be LGBT, they are not LGBT jews.)

Here is another similar form of fake judiasm, Rabbi Rabbi Amichai Lau's form of judiasm, he preaches "everybody-friendly, artist-driven, God-optional." really g-d optional? These are the anti trump jews. Glad they are not invited.

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

As with the rosh hashana call, real torah jews will be invited and join while those jews who believe in a fake form of judasim are not invited. Whats theo that believe in fake judiasm? Those who believe in LGBT's despite the fact that our torah calls it an abomination.

(Note that does not mean we should ridicule LGBT's however, they have no place as an identity in our religon. of course we should still be nice and warm to them . if they happen to jews who are LGBT its a myzva t be makrav them. However, they must stay as jews who happen to be LGBT, they are not LGBT jews.)

Here is another similar form of fake judiasm, Rabbi Rabbi Amichai Lau's form of judiasm, he preaches "everybody-friendly, artist-driven, God-optional." really g-d optional? These are the anti trump jews. Glad they are not invited.

You suffer from chronic logorrhea and what you mixing in LGBT jews , take a long nap

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 09:39 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How can we find you, when your name is anonymous?

Leave it up to the WH. They already know everything about me.

If you are Anonymous, how will I know when you find me?

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 10:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

As with the rosh hashana call, real torah jews will be invited and join while those jews who believe in a fake form of judasim are not invited. Whats theo that believe in fake judiasm? Those who believe in LGBT's despite the fact that our torah calls it an abomination.

(Note that does not mean we should ridicule LGBT's however, they have no place as an identity in our religon. of course we should still be nice and warm to them . if they happen to jews who are LGBT its a myzva t be makrav them. However, they must stay as jews who happen to be LGBT, they are not LGBT jews.)

Here is another similar form of fake judiasm, Rabbi Rabbi Amichai Lau's form of judiasm, he preaches "everybody-friendly, artist-driven, God-optional." really g-d optional? These are the anti trump jews. Glad they are not invited.

Of LGBT, only the G and some of the B are considered an abomination, and only those who act upon their urges.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 03:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Jared and Ivanka are not "Orthodox"; they may be Observant, but are certainly not Orthodox.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 07:48 AM AmYisroel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Of LGBT, only the G and some of the B are considered an abomination, and only those who act upon their urges.

A T who has the operation is an abomination

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 09:34 AM Anonymous Says:

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AmYisroel Says:

A T who has the operation is an abomination

You fit what Tillerson called the President, maybe more like a cretin

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Of LGBT, only the G and some of the B are considered an abomination, and only those who act upon their urges.

Baloney. The tanna/amora Rav gave lashes to the Ls. As for the T's they violated the Torah at a minimum if they do any surgery, and at a maximum if they engage in G acts.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 04:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Baloney. The tanna/amora Rav gave lashes to the Ls. As for the T's they violated the Torah at a minimum if they do any surgery, and at a maximum if they engage in G acts.

But the word abomination is a special word reserved for only a few acts, not just regular sins.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 04:49 PM georgeg Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Baloney. The tanna/amora Rav gave lashes to the Ls. As for the T's they violated the Torah at a minimum if they do any surgery, and at a maximum if they engage in G acts.

The Rambam describes it as forbidden on the basis of the prohibition of imitating heathen practices, but there are no Biblical lashes (as it is a general prohibition) and only lashes for "rebellion" (imitating heathens), but the woman is still permitted even for a kohen and for her husband. Non of this qualifies as "abomination" which is a very specific category.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 10:17 PM Haimov Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Jared and Ivanka are not "Orthodox"; they may be Observant, but are certainly not Orthodox.

they are modern orthodox

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