O.U. defends White House Chanukah card


The Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs defended the inclusion of a Christmas tree on the White House Chanukah card this year:

Some in the community and media are having fun, or even taking offense, with the fact that when the invitations arrived for this year’s White House Chanukah Party, they were illustrated with a scene of a horse-drawn cart delivering The White House Christmas tree.

To make this – or any President’s – gracious hospitality the subject of jest is chutzpah of the highest order.

Not only is George W. Bush the first to place a Chanukah Party on The White House calendar, but when the fact of this event is considered in the context of Jewish history – a history of centuries of persecution and exclusion – a sensible person’s only reaction can be one of gratitude for the freedom Jews enjoy in the United States of America and respect and appreciation for this nation’s president.

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