Obama sends Passover message of freedom

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama wished Jews around the world a "chag sameach" and said Passover was a time to ensure freedom for all.

Passover "is among the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history," said the message from Obama sent Tuesday. "

As Jewish families gather across America to enjoy the magnificent and hard-earned gift of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us," he said. "And at the same time, let us also work to alleviate the suffering, poverty and hunger of those who are not yet free."

The message started with the Hebrew version of the biblical invocation to commemorate Passover and was signed "chag sameach," Hebrew for "happy holiday."

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