On the second night of Hanukkah, First Lady Jill Biden unveiled the White House's first-ever permanent Jewish artifact in its entire collection, a menorah. In previous years, menorahs of special significance were loaned to the White House for the Jewish holiday.
It's made of historic wood from the beams of this house, rescued when President Truman renovated this building. Its hand-hammered silver cups are meant to magnify the glow of the candles, their beauty reminding us both the mir- — the Hanukkah miracle and the joy it inspired. Each detail was carefully chosen and executed by our Executive Residence Carpenter Shop.
It's a work, really, of historic importance, but it's also a work of love.