The Light Lab Podcast Episode 31: Achat Sha’alti (with Chava Mirel)

(0:09) Learn more about our sponsor for this week, Rabbi Jon Spira-Savett & the Tov Podcast, here!

(0:17) Teshuva – תשובה – returning. Learn more here

(1:09) Learn more about Chava Mirel here!

(2:01) Kittel – קיטל (Yiddish) – a traditional white garment worn by some during certain holy moments. Learn more here.

(3:10) Avinu Malkeinu – אבינו מלכנו – Our Father Our Ruler. Learn more here.

(3:42) Kol Nidrei – קול נדרי – the unique service that begins Yom Kippur. Learn more here.

(4:11) Bima – בימה – the platform from which the prayer-leader leads the service. Learn more here

(5:47) Chagim – חגים – holidays. 

(5:55) Listen to Shalom Rav by Ben Steinberg here.

(6:11) Chatima – חתימה – blessing at the end of the prayer. 

(6:33) Bubbe – Yiddish word for grandmother. 

(6:53) Psalm 27

Achat sha’alti me’et adonai otah avakesh shivti b’veit adonai kol yemei chayai lachazot b’noam adonai ulvaker beheychalo. 

אַחַ֤ת ׀ שָׁאַ֣לְתִּי מֵֽאֵת־יְהֹוָה֮ אוֹתָ֢הּ אֲבַ֫קֵּ֥שׁ שִׁבְתִּ֣י בְּבֵית־יְ֭הֹוָה כׇּל־יְמֵ֣י חַיַּ֑י לַחֲז֥וֹת בְּנֹעַם־יְ֝הֹוָ֗ה וּלְבַקֵּ֥ר בְּהֵֽיכָלֽוֹ׃ 

One thing I ask of g?d, only that do I seek: to live in the house of g?d all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of g?d. (Translation from Sefaria) 

One thing I have I sought from Adonai, how I long for it, that I may live in the house of Adonai all the days of my life, that I may look upon the sweetness of Adonai and spend time in the palace. (Translation by Rabbi Richard Levy) 

This one says one thing I ask of the Divine, one thing I seek, may I dwell in the house of the infinite every day of my life, that I make gaze on the beauty of the presence and linger in the holy place. (Translation by Rabbi Jill Hammer)

(7:09) Learn more about the High Holidays here.

(9:04) Halacha – הלכה – Jewish law. 

(9:39) Hamelech Basadeh – המלך בשדה – The King is in the field. Learn more here.

(18:06) Explore more about g?d names here

(21:59) You can listen to our previous episode with Rabbi Dr. Lawrence Hoffman here

(25:14) Learn more about Neilah – נעילה – and the concept of the Closing of the Gates here

(27:33) Listen to Achat Sha’alti by Cantors Josh Goldberg and Jacqueline Rafii here.

(28:49) Learn more about Tashlich – תשליך – here

(30:02) Learn more about Ashamnu – אשמנו – here.

(30:59) Misinai – מסיני – an expression meaning it’s been around a long time and we’re not quite sure where it comes from. 

(31:31) Listen to Achat Sha’alti by Aly Halpert here.

(37:25) Listen to Up Up Down by Chava Mirel here

(38:38) Shpilkes – שפילקס (Yiddish) – nervous energy. 

(39:51) Learn more about Ashrei here.

(42:49) You can find After Ecstasy: The Laundry by Jack Kornfield here.

(43:56) Gan Eden – גן עדן – Garden of Eden.

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