Reflected in Torah, liturgy and holidays, Judaism teaches gratitude for miracles great and small. Tal Dimenstein explores how historical miracles animate the Jewish calendar and siddur while reflecting on her o... wn personal miracle at the time of a harrowing family emergency. In doing so, Dimenstein makes the case for an expanded definition of miracles, and for the power of the Jewish calendar to facilitate connections between the historical and the personal.See lessSee more
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(JTA) - I have Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and noises called "tics." My Tourette's is relatively mild at this point, but I went through a turbulent adolescence when Tourette's was the most defining thing about me. Between the constant movements and the loud, uncontrollable noises, it was incredibly disruptive.
"MOMMY! MOMMY! THE CANDLES BURNT OUT!" My 6-year-old daughter's voice came wailing up the stairs while I was getting dressed this morning. "That's not how it's supposed to go! The miracle is that they stayed lit for eight nights! What happened to our miracle?" "Well, sweetie, that's not our miracle.
Reprinted with permission from A Different Light: The Big Book of Hanukkah published by the Shalom Hartman Institute and Devora Publishing. The Rabbis speak of two different kinds of miracles that the menorah proclaims. We must decide whether to believe in and propagate either.
Student | Torah High School of San Diego
Tal Dimenstein attends Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School. She developed her love of performance as a member of J*company Youth Theatre and has performed in shows including Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, and Yentl. Dimenstein would like to thank her parents, family, friends, and the ELI Talks team for encouraging and helping her so that she could experience this once in a lifetime event.