Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Religious diversity and freedom to exercise religion are an important part of the Commonwealth’s history and are protected by Article II of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

Whereas The Festival of Chanukah is being celebrated throughout the world on December 20th – 28th, to commemorate the victory of a small, greatly outnumbered army that prevailed against the forces of religious persecution; and

Whereas A great miracle followed this victory when a small jar of oil meant to last for only a single day kept the Menorah lit for eight days, bringing joy to all who had fought for the right to teach and worship freely; and

Whereas This miracle of light is preserved by the Jewish community everywhere through the lighting of the Chanukiah symbolizing the ideals of religious freedom and offering a beacon of hope to all those who are still subjected to spiritual oppression; and

Whereas Each year, Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman of the Jewish Educational Center of Massachusetts shares the joy of light with all the citizens of the Commonwealth by kindling a large Chanukiah at the Massachusetts State House; and

Whereas During Chanukah, we wish our Jewish residents good will and happiness in the year ahead,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim December 20th – 28th, 2011, to be

Chanukah 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eighth day of December, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
 

By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts