Apr 3, 2012
Obama Declares Education Day
JUST IN: President Barack Obama has declared the Rebbe's 110th birthday, as the national "Education and Sharing Day."
By COLlive reporter
U.S. President Barack Obama has continued the tradition of his predecessors and declared Tuesday, the 11th of Nissan, as the national "Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A."
The day will mark the 110th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, which is being celebrated in Jewish communities around the country and world.
In a proclamation released to COLlive.com by White House Office of the Press Secretary, the President writes that on this day "we reflect on the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who embodied that humanitarian spirit.
"As a tireless advocate for youth around the world, he inspired millions to lift the cause of education, to practice kindness and generosity, and to aspire toward their highest ideals.
"His enduring legacy lives on in those he touched, and today, we resolve to carry forward his dedication to service and scholarship."
The day was first established in 1978 by a joint Congressional resolution thanks to the efforts of American Friends of Lubavitch, directed by Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, the Rebbe's Shliach to the White House and Washington, DC.
Since then, all Presidents have designate annually Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. on the anniversary of the Rebbe's birth in appreciation for his dedication to the cause of education.
Here is the full text:
EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY, U.S.A., 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
For centuries, the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of character have driven American progress and enriched our national life. On Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., we renew our commitment to these timeless aspirations, and we rededicate ourselves to fostering in our sons and daughters inquiring minds and compassionate hearts.
In a global economy where more than half of new jobs will demand higher education or advanced training, we must do everything we can to equip our children with the tools for success. Their journey begins early, and it demands stewardship from throughout the community -- from parents and caregivers who inspire a love of learning to teachers and mentors who guide our children along the path to achievement. Our Nation's prosperity grows with theirs, and by ensuring every child has access to a world class education, we reach for a brighter future for all Americans.
Yet, we also move forward knowing we cannot secure the promise of tomorrow through formal education alone. With each generation, our Nation has confronted questions that tested the quality and character of our people. We have borne witness to seemingly insurmountable problems of inequality, oppression, or dire circumstance at home and abroad, and where we have recognized injustice, the way forward has not always been clear. Time and again, during moments of trial, Americans have demonstrated a fundamental commitment to compassion, cooperation, and goodwill toward others -- doing not what is easy, but what is right. These qualities have come to define us, and as we prepare today's students to become tomorrow's leaders, let us nourish in them the virtues that have sustained our country for generations.
On Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., we reflect on the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who embodied that humanitarian spirit. As a tireless advocate for youth around the world, he inspired millions to lift the cause of education, to practice kindness and generosity, and to aspire toward their highest ideals. His enduring legacy lives on in those he touched, and today, we resolve to carry forward his dedication to service and scholarship.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 3, 2012, as Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.