The Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum used on Hanukkah.
WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President George W. Bush has recognized
Hanukkah six days early.
At a White House ceremony with Jewish leaders, Bush also paid tribute to the state of Israel's 60th anniversary earlier this year.
Hanukkah commemorates the ancient Jews' successful rebellion against suppression of their religion under the Syrian-Greek empire, led by the Maccabee family.
Bush compared the Maccabees' victory with the founding of modern Israel, which he called "another miraculous victory."
After the lighting of the menorah, a Jewish choir performed a medley.
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