The #8DaysofMiracles Challenge

Last week, I experienced a miracle: After three hours of open heart surgery, I opened my eyes. And then, I experienced two miracles, because before my eyes were my parents and my husband, brimming with love. And then, more miracles in the forms of the kind nurses, and in the fact that I had surgery in an island of peace and coexistence,  in an Israeli hospital representing the revival of the Jewish people after 2,000 years in exile.

This week, we will celebrate Hanukkah, which is all about miracles. The 8-handled candelabra we light each night is meant to perform “pirsumey nisah” – to publicize God’s miracles. In keeping with that theme, I’ve decided to propose the #8DaysofMiracles challenge:

For each day of Hanukkah, take a photo of a miracle from your life, and share it to social media with the #8DaysofMiracles hashtag.

The goal of the challenge is to take the concept of Hanukkah as a time for publicizing miracles and to adapt if for the digital age, while challenging ourselves to look for miracles in our daily lives that might be less obvious than candles that burn for eight days -or than successful open heart surgeries.

Wishing you a marvelous Hanukkah, full of light, love, joy, miracles, laughter — and delicious donuts, of course!

About the Author
Shayna Abramson, a part-Brazilian native Manhattanite, studied History and Jewish Studies at Johns Hopkins University before moving to Jerusalem. She has also spent some time studying Torah at the Drisha Institute in Manhattan, and has a passion for soccer and poetry. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Political Science from Hebrew University, and is a rabbinic fellow at Beit Midrash Har'el.
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