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The Jerusalem Post reports that President Obama will host the first-ever White House Seder on Thursday night (the night of the Second Seder).    (Note to non-Jews "Seder" in this case does not refer to the ex-Air America host Sam Seder.)  

News of the Seder followed a letter from the President commemorating the Jewish Holiday

In his letter, Obama called the story of Jews' ascent from slavery to freedom in the Land of Israel as "among the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history," accompanied by rituals and symbols that indicate "the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails."

President Obama did not say:

I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Passover.

More from the letter:

He also said the holiday presented a message for all humankind. "As part of a larger global community, we all must work to ensure that our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, culture and nationality are free from bondage and repression, and are able to live in peace."

He concluded his letter with the traditional Hebrew greeting "chag sameach," or happy holiday.

Thursday night is the "Second Seder."  No word on where Obama is celebrating the "First Seder":

Maybe Rahm's?  Jon Stewart's? Mike Bloomberg's?

Originally posted to Upper West on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 08:48 AM PDT.

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