VP Harris’s Spouse Fumbles Hanukkah Story On Social Media

Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, shared an inaccurate Hanukkah story on social media on Monday. Due to intense criticism, he eventually deleted his post.

On the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, Emhoff shared a picture of himself and Harris lighting a menorah. The post included his rendition of the origins of the eight-day Jewish holiday.

Emhoff wrote. “The story of Hanukkah and the story of the Jewish people has always been one of hope and resilience. In the Hanukkah story, the Jewish people were forced into hiding. No one thought they would survive or that the few drops of oil they had would last. But they survived, and the oil kept burning.”

He continued, “During those eight days in hiding, they recited their prayers and continued their traditions. That’s why Hanukkah means dedication. It was during those dark nights that the Maccabees dedicated themselves to maintaining hope and faith in the oil, each other and their Judaism.”

He then added that he reflects on the story during challenging moments and “dark times.”

Although a heartfelt narrative, Emhoff’s version of the Hanukkah story isn’t accurate. The narrative doesn’t involve Jews hiding with just a small amount of oil. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century and honors the triumphant victory of the Jewish Maccabees over their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

In their efforts to re-dedicate the temple, the Jews discovered a mere one-day supply of sacred oil. Miraculously, that one-day supply lasted eight full days.

Emhoff’s post faced criticism from numerous social media users. Many of them claimed that his version did not align with history.

Among the critics was Noah Rothman, a senior writer for the National Review. Rothman wrote, “How could this have happened?”

Another commenter was Jason Bedrick, a research fellow for the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy. Bederick said, “I’m really hoping the Second Gentleman left this to some hapless and uneducated intern who couldn’t be bothered to even consult Wikipedia. Eight days of hiding? Yikes, man!”

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began on December 7 and will end on December 15.