Jerusalem, Israel - Dec. 7, 2018 - Following the Menorah lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on the 5th night of Chanukah with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador David Friedman, Aish HaTorah hosted the Ambassador, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Yoav Horovitz, and Senior Advisor to Ambassador Friedman, Aryeh Lightstone, along with their families for a festive dinner. The ceremony at the Kotel marked one year since the US officially recognized Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel.

At the dinner, Ambassador Friedman toasted the special partnership between the US and Israel.  The Ambassador also addressed 300 Aish HaTorah yeshiva students at the annual Chanukah party and reminded them to include in their prayers of thanksgiving during this auspicious time of gratitude and praise for the Almighty, the United States of America, "a moral country and a moral people" who has been "good to Israel and good to the Jewish people." He added that we all must pray for the United States, noting that everything that happens in this world is ordained by the Almighty.

Rabbi Steven Burg, CEO of Aish HaTorah said, “It was an honor for Aish HaTorah to once again host the US Ambassador, David Friedman, on this historic occasion of his lighting the Menorah at the Western Wall in the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. Like the Maccabees of the Chanuka story, Ambassador Friedman has fought hard on behalf of the Jewish Nation and we are eternally grateful to him and to the United States of America.”