The millions of Jews and Hanukkah celebrants who lit candles, ate donuts and spinned a dreidel were joined last Thursday by astronaut Jasmine Limitedi, who succeeded in illuminating, if only slightly, the darkness that has taken over us over the past two months with the outbreak of the "Iron Swords" war.
Haddy, 40, a NASA fighter and space pilot who has been on the International Space Station since August as commander of the SpaceX Crew-7 mission, shared a video with her hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers on Thursday proving that with a little will and creativity – Hanukkah can also be celebrated in space.
Against the background of the Earth: the dreidel that rotates in space // Photo: Jasmine Limitedi
Limited by lighting a menorah made apart (since it is forbidden to light real candles in space) and spinning a dreidel, marking the first day of the Festival of Lights. The astronaut, the daughter of parents of Kurdish-Iranian descent, is married to a Jew and the family makes sure to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas together every year.
"Happy Hanukkah from the International Space Station," Limitedi was heard saying in the background of the short video she shared that received millions of views on her social platforms, in which she documented herself spinning a dreidel in zero gravity against the background of the Earth and the menorah made by her family.
, International Space Station above Earth. Photo: NASA
At a press conference, Limitedi shared that her family prepared the menorah ahead of time so they could celebrate with them. "In my house, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, so I brought items related to both with me so I could celebrate with my family."
"I have a Christmas decoration with a picture of the four of us together, and my daughters and husband made a menorah besides with candles for each night so I could pin them and celebrate with them," she said excitedly.
This is not the first time a dreidel has roamed outer space. Two years ago, Israeli astronaut Eitan Stibbe also took a dreidel with him. Stibbe took part in the Arkia mission and the beloved childhood game was taken to demonstrate the connection between ancient Jewish tradition and the innovation and progress of the mission.
Eitan Stibbe's dreidels that arrived in space, photo: PR
Eternal rotation in infinite vacuum
Due to the lack of gravity in space, Limited's dreidel will be able to spin "forever" until someone stops it, so this is undoubtedly the most successful dreidel of the year. Among the many reactions to the video and congratulations for the holiday, many marveled at the fascinating phenomenon and responded with humor, "I wish we could spin dreidels like this here on Earth too."
Limited's post also comes amid the International Space Station's 25th anniversary celebrations this month. In December 1998, the U.S. Unity model and Russia's Zarya model joined together, marking the beginning of the journey of what has since become known as the International Space Station.
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