Episode 8: We are/will be One (Shema and Aleinu)

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(0:35) Siddur – סידור – is a Jewish prayer book. 

(1:03) You can learn more about yud-hey-vav-hey here

(0:43) The Shema – שמע – comes from דברים – Deuteronomy 6:4 – 

שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהֹוָ֥ה ׀ אֶחָֽד׃

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad. 

Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G?d, the Lord is One. 

(1:49) Learn more about six word memoirs here.

Eliana also likes to say it’s a she-mantra 

And it’s also a haiku!  

(2:09) Learn more about Storahtelling and Lab/Shul here

(2:16) Hillel is a national organization that provides resources for Jewish life on college campuses. Learn more here

(2:31) Yisrael – ישראל – is not only a name for the Jewish people, but is the name that g?d gave to Jacob. Learn more here.

(2:57) Lihiyot – להיות – to be – shares the same root as יהיה – one of G?d’s names. 

(3:15) You can find The Power of Ritual by Casper Ter Kuile here

(4:00) You can find Echad: The Many Meanings of God is One, edited by Eugene B. Borowitz 


(5:51) You can find the full text of Aleinu here.  

(6:03) You can learn more about the background of Aleinu here.


בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְהֹוָה אֶחָד וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד:

Bayom hahoo yihiyeh Adonai echad ushemo echad. 

And on that day it will be that g?d is one and g?d’s name will be one. 

(8:42) Halacha – הלכה – Jewish law 

(10:15) Shabbat – שבת – is the Jewish day of rest. Learn more here

(10:39) You can find last week’s episode of The Light Lab Podcast here

(14:30) This beautiful rendition of Shema is by Chava Mirel. You can learn more about her here

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