Chanukah 2019

A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and the first candle are present and lit.  It's too dark for their light to reach most of the menorah.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and two candles are present and lit.  Their light reaches more of the menorah than yesterday, but darkness is still present on both sides.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and three candles are present and lit.  Their light reaches further than yesterday, but the left side of the menorah is still in darkness.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and four candles are present and lit.  The left side of the menorah is still in darkness.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and five candles are present and lit.  The darkness is retreating, but the left side needs more light.
 A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and six candles are present and lit.  There's even less darkness than yesterday, but the left side still needs more light.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and seven candles are present and lit.  The darkness is almost gone, but the the left side still needs more light.
A silver menorah with oil candles.  The shamash and all eight candles are present and lit.

an art series originally posted on my Tumblr and Twitter.

I’m not Jewish myself, but I wanted to demonstrate support for Jewish people in light of the onslaught of antisemitism lately. I know from experience that allies are often quieter than opponents, and I don’t want other marginalized people to feel unwelcome here. How can I plead for other creators to be vocal in their support of trans people if I don’t show solidarity with other marginalized people? How can I ask for more and better representation when I don’t strive to include it in my own work?

My work is the closest thing I have to a home right now. It’s where I feel safe to be myself, and I want other people to feel that sense of safety too.

Even the brightest shamash can’t light a drenched candle, but hopefully, I can offer people a refuge from the rain for a little while.

While I have your attention, some Jewish creators I recommend following are Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg and Rabbi Ruti Regan. Rabbi Ruttenberg shares feminist insights into rabbinic literature while Rabbi Regan focuses on disability, feminism, and spirituality.

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