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Many have tried to destroy us, and they have ALL failed. This time will be no different.

Dear Mr. President:

You may deny our right to our homeland. You may try to rewrite our history. Just know that we are the most resilient people this world has ever seen.

Our lighting of the menorah is living proof of that fact. Proof of our strength and perseverance. Many have tried to destroy us, and they have ALL failed. This time will be no different. Not yourself, not the UN, not the terror that you have given legitimacy to. No one will defeat us.

Jews light the menorah to celebrate restoration of Jewish control over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount – thousands of years ago. We were small and vastly outnumbered, but that did not stop us. We came together and we returned to our capital. Our home.

I have no doubt that the lights of our menorah will dispel all darkness. It will lighten the path to overcoming the endless Israel and Jew hatred. It will inspire us, and inspire our Jewish pride. It will strengthen the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces. It will bring us together once again, and we will return to our capital. Our home.

Happy Chanukah!

Leibel A. Mangel

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Article by Leibel Mangel

Leibel A Mangel, 23, is from Cincinnati, Ohio. His grandfather is a Holocaust survivor who was in Auschwitz. Mangel “knew I had to do my part to make sure it never happened again.” In 2013, he moved to Israel to enlist in the IDF. He served as a lone soldier (machine gunner) in the 96th regiment of the Kfir Brigade. Since returning to Cincinnati, he teaches Krav Maga defense and speaks about Israel and the IDF.