Friday, November 29, 2013

Miracles Are Happening All Around Us: Something to Sing About With Julie Geller


Julie Geller, a singer and songwriter whose music video we featured on Rosh Hashanah, has come up with another song that reminds us that the Chanukah miracles of the oil and the Maccabees' victory are not the only ones that we have experienced. 

In fact, miracles are happening all around us every day, as she reminds us in very personal ways.
 
Julie, raised in Colorado where she now lives with her family, also spent time in Boston, San Diego, and Israel. She has taken on a mission to bring love and healing into the world through her music.
Julie is a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied at Bar Ilan University and Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel. 

Reflecting on this thought, Julie writes:
I think that miracles are everywhere. It is just a matter of opening our eyes to them. Often it takes the loss of a something to realize that what we were able to do before was miraculous.  I think it is most powerful when we can appreciate miracles as they occur rather than only in hindsight. The one certainty about life is that it is constantly in flux. We never know how long anything, including our lives themselves, will last.

For this video, I sent out the word asking for people to send in videos of themselves holding up signs describing miracles that have occurred in their lives. As you can see, the arc of human experience is vast. When we open our eyes to miracles, we open our hearts to life itself. 

Let us all rejoice in all of our miracles - those historical and those taking place today (bayamim hahem barman hazeh), the small ones and the large ones , those that catch us by surprise and those we have come to expect.
Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)