Building on the bonhomie the two world leaders established during Israel's September national election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his warm wishes to Benjamin Netanyahu on the occasion of Hanukkah. The festival that can fall anywhere between late November and late December, this year began on 22 December and will end on 30 December.
"It's great to celebrate Hanukkah with all of the Jewish community, all of the synagogues, all of our friends together", added Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami. "The festivals of Hanukkah and Diwali depict yet another cultural affinity shared by India and Israel, celebrating light and the victory of good over evil", PM Modi tweeted, tagging Netanyahu in his post. Since it is celebrated through lighting of Hanukkah lamps, the festival bears similarities with Diwali.
PM Modi and Israeli High Minister Netanyahu are viewed by many as sharing a shut non-public relationship.
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As a result, "one FSB officer died, another five people, including one civilian, were injured to various degrees of severity". Russia's domestic security service said it was working to establish the gunman's identity, Interfax reported .
US President Donald Trump additionally despatched throughout Hanukkah greetings.
"Hanukkah is an opportunity to reflect on life's blessings and honour the resilience of the Jewish people in the face of enormous adversity". After outlawing the Jewish religion and Jewish practices, then-King Antiochus IV decreed that Jews must worship Greek gods in the Temple.
Each year, the three major Jewish organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley - Congregation Beth Shalom, Temple Beth Ami and Chabad of SCV - have a joint celebration, complete with the giant menorah-lighting ceremony.