Posted at: 12/09/2012 5:58 PM
By: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Menorah has been lit in Washington to celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights.
Rabbi Levi Shemtov told the crowd that just as the Jewish people triumphed over their oppressors more than 2,000 years ago, "Decency over any force of evil or darkness will prevail."
Fourth-grader David Moritz said the lit menorah symbolizes the religious freedom that everyone should enjoy.
Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, quipped that the day's-worth of oil that lasted eight days in the Jewish temple was a triumph of energy-efficient lighting.
The National Menorah and the National Christmas Tree both are illuminated on the Ellipse, the grassy park between the White House and the Washington Monument.