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Obama cites Lubavitcher rebbe in proclamation

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April 3, 2012 | 12:32 pm

President Barack Obama in Washington on April 3. Photo by REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama in Washington on April 3. Photo by REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Obama underlined the accomplishments of the late Lubavitcher rebbe in his proclamation of Education and Sharing Day.

In Tuesday’s proclamation, Obama highlighted the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and said that Schneerson embodied a “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,” Obama said in the proclamation. “His enduring legacy lives on in those he touched, and today, we resolve to carry forward his dedication to service and scholarship.”

In addition, Obama reiterated the importance of pursuing knowledge and cultivating character that has enriched American progress.

“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,” the president said. “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.”

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