Episode 14: Listen to the Siddur (with Rabbi Steve Sager)

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(0:41) You can find Part 1 of Eliana’s interview with Rabbi Sager here.

(1:16) T’fillah – תפילה – liturgy and prayer.

(1:41) Learn more about Rabbi Sager and Sicha here

(1:56) Learn more about Reconstructionist (Reconstructing) Judaism here.

(2:08) Mensch – a Yiddish word meaning a good person. 

(3:21) Smicha – סמיכה –  rabbinic ordination. 

(3:24) Learn more about RRC, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, here.

(4:13) Learn more about Conservative Judaism here.  

(5:28) Birkot HaShachar – ברכות השחר – morning blessings. Pesukei D’zimra – פסוקי דזמרה – introductory verses of praise. Learn more here.

(5:34) Birkat Hamazon – ברכת המזון – prayers after a meal. Learn more here

(7:00) Mordechai Kaplan was the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism. Learn more here.

(7:40) Musaf is a special service added on Shabbat and holidays. Learn more here.  

(7:44) Ki mechakim anachnu lach – כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ – Because we are waitng for You. This is a phrase from the Kedusha – stay tuned for an episode about this section of the Amidah! 

(8:42) Learn more about JTS – Jewish Theological Seminary – here.

(12:07) The Zohar is a central work of Jewish mysticism. Learn more here.  

(14:02) Kehillah – קהילה – community. Learn more about Orthodox Judaism here.

(14:34) Daven – a Yiddish word for the act of praying. 

(15:27) Shatnez – שטנץ – a Biblical prohibition against wearing wool and linen in the same garment. Learn more here.

(18:20) Learn more about Rabbi David Hartman here.

(18:29) Siddur – סידור – prayer book. 

(19:25) Learn more about the Cairo Geniza here.   

(21:09) Baruch atah adonai rofeh cholei amo yisrael – ברוך אתה יהוה רופא חולי עמו ישראל – Blessed are You who heals His people Israel (Rabbi Sager’s translation). Learn more about Jewish prayers for healing here.

(22:27) Unetaneh tokef kedushat hayom – וּנְתַנֶּה תֹּקֶף קְדֻשַּׁת הַיּוֹם – We declare the awesomeness of this day. This is a central prayer in the Yom Kippur liturgy – learn more here

(23:13) Bat mitzvah – בת מצווה – coming of age ceremony. Learn more here

(23:42) Parasha – פרשה – weekly Torah portion. Learn more here.

(25:35) You can find A Book That Was Lost: And Other Stories, edited by Alan Mintz and Anne Golomb Hoffman, here.  

(26:32) Listen to our episode about Hanukkah here

(27:45) Shemoneh Esrei – שמונה עשרה – the entire Amidah.

(28:16) Kriah – קריאה – Torah reading. 

(29:10) Magein avraham u’foked sarah – מגן אברהם ופוקד שרה – Shield of Abraham and protector of Sarah. 

Magein avraham – מגן אברהם – Shield of Abraham. 

Elohei avraham elohei yitzchak v’elohei ya’akov – אלהי אברהם אלהי יצחק ואלהי יעקב – G?d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

Listen to Episode 13 to learn more about this! 

(29:38) Eliyahu Hanavi – אליהו הנביא – Elijah the Prophet.

(29:39) Beit Midrash – בית מדרש – Study house. 

(29:43) Yehuda HaNasi was the editor of the Mishna. Learn more here

(29:50) Rosh Chodesh – ראש חודש – the celebration of the lunar new month. Learn more here

(29:57) Minyan – מנין – prayer group.

(32:13) Learn more about Yehuda Amichai here.

(36:06) Shaliach tzibur – שליח ציבור – prayer leader. 

(36:29) Kiddush – קידוש – a prayer over wine. In this context, it also refers to a time after prayers when people spend time together.

(41:06) Halacha – הלכה – Jewish law. 

(43:53) Baruch atah adonai oseh ma’aseh bershit – ברוך אתה יהוה עושה מעשה בראשית – Overflowing are You author of the works of creation (Rabbi Sager’s translation). 

 According to Mishnah Berachot 9:2, this is a blessing we say over extraordinary natural sites.

(45:50) Machloket – מחלוקת – sacred argument. 

(49:39) This story is from Brachot 7a:3 

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