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The Light Lab Podcast

The Light Lab Podcast

By Eliana Light

Welcome to the light lab! We (Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Eliana Light, and special guests) believe that there is so much insight to be found in Jewish sacred heritage by holding the gems of our liturgy to the light. We see the immense value of personal, heart-opening, empathy-expanding prayer practice. And we love to talk about both. Join us! Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab and support the show at ko-fi.com/thelightlab
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Episode 38: Words from my Heart (with Evelyn Goldfinger)
Episode 38: Words from my Heart (with Evelyn Goldfinger)
We’re so honored this week to be joined by educator extraordinaire Evelyn Goldfinger! Evelyn is a spiritual leader, performer, storyteller, and author, most recently of “Words from my Heart,” a hands-on prayer book for kids. In addition to sharing insights into her incredible new book, Ms. Eve also delivers her t’fillah journey in four acts, explores how prayer and theater are connected, and sings a sweet prayer song for healing in Hebrew, English, and Spanish. She also spontaneously prays for the internet to come back in the most beautiful way! How might you share the words from your heart? Check out this week’s show notes on our new website!  Our Deep Dive: Shema series has begun and it’s not too late to join. Learn more and register here. Learn more about Eliana’s two new albums and help make them happen here!  Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab, and join our facebook group to connect about all things t’fillah education. If you like the Light Lab, please rate, subscribe, and share around. We appreciate it so much!
44:50
January 26, 2023
Episode 37: [Re]Build (Amidah Middle Blessings 11&12)
Episode 37: [Re]Build (Amidah Middle Blessings 11&12)
Our Amidah journey continues! This week Ellen, Eliana, and Josh explore and wrestle with blessings on rebuilding Jerusalem and salvation through messiah. There is so much variation amongst prayer books on these two! Topics covered include infrastructure bills, snowy white donkeys, Karens, horns, and classic Jewish jokes. How can we help a better world blossom into being? Check out this week’s show notes on our new website! Our Deep Dive: Shema series starts at the end of January! Learn more and register here. Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Donate here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around. Thank you!
51:40
January 13, 2023
Episode 36: The Poetry of Prayer (with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman)
Episode 36: The Poetry of Prayer (with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman)
We are thrilled to bring you this interview with renowned liturgist Rabbi Reuven Kimelman. Rabbi Kimelman is an expert in the themes, structure, and poetics of the Jewish prayerbook, and shares enough wisdom to blow Eliana’s mind multiple times. Topics include t’fillah as an aural experience, the multi-mystical levels of Lecha Dodi, the power and point of the mourner’s kaddish, and so much more. Announcing the Deep Dive: Shema! Join us for six gatherings over three weeks diving into the three units of this central piece of liturgy with our heads and our hearts. Taught by Rabbi Reuven Kimelman and Light Lab founder Eliana Light. Learn more and register here. Check out this week’s Transcript And Show notes Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Donate here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
01:01:04
December 29, 2022
Episode 35: Holy Glue (Amidah Middle Blessings 9&10)
Episode 35: Holy Glue (Amidah Middle Blessings 9&10)
Your three regular podcast hosts are back as we continue our deep dive into the Amidah with a blessing that is more like a malediction than a benediction, “against enemies,” and its flipside, “for the righteous.” We do some ancestor empathy work and wrestle with language. Other topics include: theological coattail riding, the Talmudic power couple Bruriah and Rabbi Meir, and of course, holy glue. Who are you dedicating your learning to today? Check out this week’s Transcript And Show notes Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here, donate here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
54:47
December 15, 2022
Episode 34: Song and the Human Story (with Marni Loffman)
Episode 34: Song and the Human Story (with Marni Loffman)
We are thrilled to share this interview with educator, songstress, and space-holder extraordinaire Marni Loffman. Marni connects to thousands over social media with their soulful voice and warm presence, both of which they bring to our conversation (stay through the end for a spiritual song practice!) Through sharing their journey with prayer, liturgy, and g?d, Marni makes space for us to hold multiplicity, curiosity, awareness, wholeness, and healing. How can we connect to the human experience inherent in liturgy? How can we add our voice to this everlasting story? Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Join our new facebook group to connect with other listeners! Support our show! Become a member here and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
01:14:23
December 01, 2022
First Year-Iversary Check-in Minisode!
First Year-Iversary Check-in Minisode!
It's our first year-iversary! Aka one whole year of the Light Lab Podcast. In this ever so special minisode, Ellen, Eliana, and Josh check-in, share favorite moments, and look towards what's next. There's a baby, there's water aerobics, there's Cheshvan appreciation, and there's a whole lot of love.  Thank you for being on this journey with us. Here's to many more years!  Join our new facebook group to connect with other listeners and get more t'fillah education goodness!  Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
25:18
November 10, 2022
Episode 33: From Narrowness to Freedom (with Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD)
Episode 33: From Narrowness to Freedom (with Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD)
Today we’re so honored to share our interview with Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD. Rabbi Bromberg is the founder and president of Fat Torah, an initiative dedicated to ending weight stigma in the Jewish community and raising up body liberation through a Jewish lens. Fat Torah is also a community with a presence on facebook for Jewish fat folks and allies, a first of its kind. Rabbi Bromberg shares her t’fillah and body liberation journey, what inspired Fat Torah (it involves a song leader and a jelly doughnut), and how to make our prayer spaces inclusive for fat folks. How can we see all bodies as reflections of the divine image, including our own? How can we move our community from narrowness to freedom? Follow Fat Torah on instagram here! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
54:01
October 27, 2022
Episode 32: Sharing Jewish Joy (with Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.)
Episode 32: Sharing Jewish Joy (with Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.)
Today we’re excited to share our interview with Jewish educator and social media influencer extraordinaire, Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. You might know him better as @frumjewishblackboy if you’re one of his 39k+ followers on TikTok or Instagram (and if you aren’t yet, we highly recommend it!) Tony talks about the questions that led him on his Jewish journey, blessings as intentions, wisdom as liturgy, combating social media junk with Jewish joy, and more. So take a listen- it’s only 49 TikToks long! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
49:12
October 13, 2022
Episode 31: Achat Sha'alti (with Chava Mirel)
Episode 31: Achat Sha'alti (with Chava Mirel)
From the start of the month of Elul through the fall holidays, it is customary to say Psalm 27. This “psalm for the days of awe” is full of evocative imagery, poetry, and a seemingly unshakable protagonist. But in this week’s episode, we are diving deep into just one line- verse 4, also known as “Achat Sha’alti.” What is this “one thing I ask?” Why is this line so popular, and how do different melodies shape our understanding? And speaking of song, we are blessed to be joined by musician and mindfulness teacher Chava Mirel, who shares her insights and takes us behind the music. Listen to her melody (and many more) on this week’s praylist! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
52:18
September 29, 2022
Episode 30: Not a “T’fillah Person” (with Maharat Rori Picker Neiss and Rabbi Shai Held-live at Ramah Darom)
Episode 30: Not a “T’fillah Person” (with Maharat Rori Picker Neiss and Rabbi Shai Held-live at Ramah Darom)
This week we’re excited to share a double-interview recorded live at the Ramah Darom Pesach retreat this past spring. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and an inspiring activist and advocate. Rabbi Shai Held is president and dean of the Hadar Institute and a foremost theologian, scholar, and teacher. Neither of thought they had much to say about liturgy or prayer. I would disagree! Our guests explore prayerfulness, history, Jewish parenting, t’fillah education, synagogues, the post/mid-covid world, and more. It’s a reminder that not all people feel the most “prayerful” in prayer, and that Jewish life contains multitudes. So take a listen, even if you don’t think of yourself as a “t’fillah person” either :) Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
01:15:38
September 15, 2022
Episode 29: The Torah is Your Business (Live at NewCAJE)
Episode 29: The Torah is Your Business (Live at NewCAJE)
This week, Eliana and Ellen are live from the NewCAJE Jewish education conference! Together we dive deep into, appropriately, the blessing for studying Torah. Whether it’s the Torah of the James Webb Space Telescope or the Torah of grammar nerdery, small-t torah or big-T Torah, a knot in a string of pearls or a sparkly letter “aleph,” it is sweet and it is your business. Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
54:54
August 25, 2022
Episode 28: Excavating the Secrets (with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz)
Episode 28: Excavating the Secrets (with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz)
We are thrilled to be joined this week by Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, Director of Music and T’fillah at the Hadar Institute. Deborah is an acclaimed teacher, leader, and composer of prayer, and has collaborated on over two dozen albums of original Jewish music. Her beautiful debut album “The Narrow and the Expanse” was released in 2020. In our interview, Deborah reflects on her t’fillah journey (including her years studying ethnomusicology), the prayer leader's toolbox, and her work guiding communities. There are so many gems to excavate! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
47:35
August 11, 2022
Episode 27: Finding Our Way Home (Amidah Middle Blessings 7&8)
Episode 27: Finding Our Way Home (Amidah Middle Blessings 7&8)
This week continues our journey through the weekday Amidah with the middle blessings on “in-gathering” and “justice.”  It’s a full bingo board- multiple translations, scrambling to find intertext, mentions of Shai Held and musical theater, and of course, exploring what these blessings might mean for each of us. What is home to you? Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
49:12
July 28, 2022
Episode 26: Diary of the Jewish People (with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD)
Episode 26: Diary of the Jewish People (with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD)
We are so honored to share this conversation between Eliana, Ellen, and Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD. Rabbi Hoffman, (or “Larry” as good friends like Ellen call him) is one of the foremost liturgists and t’fillah teachers of our day. He has written and edited dozens of books on the subject, including the series “My People’s Prayerbook” which we reference for this podcast constantly! Rabbi Hoffman regales us with tales of his childhood, how camp transformed him and the Jewish world, siddur as identity-marker, and what he sees for the future. Plus before the interview, Eliana shares some thoughts on t’fillah in dark times. Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
01:05:30
July 14, 2022
Episode 25: Tree Time (Amidah Middle Blessing 6) (with Hazzan Jessi Roemer)
Episode 25: Tree Time (Amidah Middle Blessing 6) (with Hazzan Jessi Roemer)
It’s time to talk about time. And trees! We’re back in the flow of the weekday Amidah, exploring the sixth of the middle petitionary blessings. We get into the connection between time and land, being “farmer-adjacent,” giving the earth a voice, and the shmita year of land-rest. Plus, an interview with Hazzan Jessi Roemer about t’fillah, shmita, and her beautiful song “Seij Años.” Support us on ko-fi! Membership tiers are now live. There are fun perks to be had! To support the show without perks, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. And please rate, subscribe, and share! It means the world to us, and we are so grateful. Thank you! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
01:06:10
June 23, 2022
Episode 24: Chronic Congregation (with Rabbi Emily Aronson)
Episode 24: Chronic Congregation (with Rabbi Emily Aronson)
How can we make our spiritual communities accessible both spatially and theologically? This is the question that animates Rabbi Emily Aronson, founder of Chronic Congregation. In our interview, Rabbi Aronson gives us so much to think about, including: disability theology, the power of the prayer for healing, and building a better sanctuary. Plus, she shares an original prayer with us, one of many she has written for everyday moments of comfort, rage, and community.  How can we put the promise of collective care into practice? Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
46:57
June 09, 2022
Episode 23: An Exercise in Sensitization (Amidah- Middle Blessings 4&5)
Episode 23: An Exercise in Sensitization (Amidah- Middle Blessings 4&5)
This week, we’re back in the flow of the Amidah exploring the 4th and 5th middle weekday blessings. We talk timeless personal Passover stories, S&H green stamps, healing vs cure, and being in the body. There's also lots of inter-text, lots of liturgical variation, and lots of questions to be had. Support us on ko-fi! Membership tiers are now live. There are fun perks to be had! To support the show without perks, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. And please rate, subscribe, and share! It means the world to us, and we are so grateful. Thank you! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
56:24
May 26, 2022
In Loving Memory of Rabbi Steve Sager
In Loving Memory of Rabbi Steve Sager
To honor the life of Rabbi Steve Sager, in the light of his passing on May 15th, we are re-sharing Eliana’s interviews with him, conducted in fall 2021. Rabbi Sager was an extraordinary teacher, seeker, and human being. His presence is deeply missed, and his light lives on in all who knew him. Yehi Zichro Baruch- May his memory be a blessing Obituary for Rabbi Sager Notes for episode 12 (prayer is not so linear) and episode 14 (listen to the siddur) Recorded classes taught by Rabbi Sager: The Patriarchs and Aging, Part I (March 13) and Part II (April 12)
01:42:46
May 18, 2022
Episode 22: Freeze-Dried Experience (with Rabbi Sid Schwarz)
Episode 22: Freeze-Dried Experience (with Rabbi Sid Schwarz)
Rabbi Sid Schwarz has started impactful organizations, written insightful books, and led many groups of Jews to greater meaning and personal engagement with Judaism. We are so grateful to share this interview full of gems, from Rabbi Sid’s social justice work, to his “davenning out of the box” experience, to what he sees for the Jewish future, all connected to t’fillah. How can you internalize your prayer and hold it out to the world? Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
48:10
May 12, 2022
Episode 21: Return (Amidah- Middle Blessings 2&3)
Episode 21: Return (Amidah- Middle Blessings 2&3)
We return to our Amidah series for what seems like a mini High Holidays: talk (or not) of g?d as father and king, longing for return, repentance, and forgiveness. Ellen, Eliana, and Josh dive deep into the text and talk g?d names, meditation, rowboats, and more. Plus a prayer-song exploder for Eliana’s song “Lead Me Back.” What are you returning to? Support us on ko-fi! Membership tiers are now live. There are fun perks to be had! To support the show without perks, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. And please rate, subscribe, and share! It means the world to us, and we are so grateful. Thank you! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
51:33
April 28, 2022
Episode 20: Permission to Befriend the Text (with Daphna Rosenberg)
Episode 20: Permission to Befriend the Text (with Daphna Rosenberg)
This week, we are grateful to share this conversation with Daphna Rosenberg, one of the founders, composers, and leaders of the Nava Tehila prayer community in Jerusalem. Daphna’s journey takes us around the world and home again, with so much wisdom along the way, including a master class in creating and holding safe space for vulnerability through prayer. Daphna and Nava Tehila have transformed how liberal Jewish communities pray over the past 17 years; think of this like behind-the-music, but for t’fillah! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
01:02:33
April 14, 2022
Episode 19: Asking for Help (Amidah-Middle Blessings 1)
Episode 19: Asking for Help (Amidah-Middle Blessings 1)
This week we’re live from Songleader Boot Camp! It was such a treat to interact with folks and feel the energy in the (zoom) room. We’re back in our Amidah series, exploring the challenges and opportunities of petitionary prayer as a whole before jumping into the first of the 13 middle Amidah blessings, on knowledge/understanding/discernment/wisdom. What’s the difference between all these things? Let’s discuss! This episode is all about asking for help, so to that end: Please take our short survey to help us improve and grow. Support us on ko-fi! Membership tiers are now live. There are fun perks to be had! To support the show without perks, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. And please rate, subscribe, and share! It means the world to us, and we are so grateful. Thank you! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
46:46
March 31, 2022
Episode 18: Siddur as Work of Art (with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer)
Episode 18: Siddur as Work of Art (with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer)
It's an honor to share our interview with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, president and CEO of the Hadar Institute. Rabbi Kaunfer is an incredible teacher, author, and liturgist. In fact, we’ve quoted him on the podcast many times- if you’ve ever heard us say “intertext,” we learned that from him! Rabbi Kaunfer shows us how so much of the siddur is made up of quotes from our sacred texts. Looking at those lines in their original context can deepen our understanding of the liturgy itself. He’s currently working on a book applying the intertext model to the whole Amidah, and shares some of those gems in this episode. We hope this “news you can use” sparks new meaning for your t’fillah! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
55:37
March 17, 2022
Announcements!
Announcements!
As the sign says, we’ve got some announcements! 1. We gush about our show notes 2. We give an update about episode timing 3. We drop some names for upcoming interviews (it’s good y’all) 4. We announce our survey! Let us know your thoughts at bit.ly/llpodsurvey. All survey-takers will be entered into a raffle to win some  art or chocolate :) And then of course, we thank YOU for listening, learning, and supporting our scrappy little show. Follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab See you next week
04:44
March 10, 2022
Episode 17: Everyday Holiness (Amidah-Kedushah)
Episode 17: Everyday Holiness (Amidah-Kedushah)
How to define the Hebrew word Kedushah? Holiness, distinct, set apart and yet connected, the opposite of sand… Ellen, Eliana, and Josh don’t have all the answers, but they do raise many great questions. In this week's episode we’re on to the third blessing in the amidah, the kedushah-ifying of g?d’s name. There’s numerology, there’s Torah, there’s angels, there’s wheels within wheels, there’s holy choreography- so much to explore on this very deep dive. Listen to the end for a mindful musical moment from Ellen. How can we bring holiness into our every-day? Make sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab
54:24
March 03, 2022
Episode 16: Activating Shechina (with Rishe Groner)
Episode 16: Activating Shechina (with Rishe Groner)
What a joy to interview (spi)ritualist, writer, educator, and friend Rishe Groner of the Gene-Sis. A channel of ecstatic & embodied Jewish practice, Rishe lives and breathes prayer- so much so that she has an incredible prayer podcast of her own, Just Pray. We talk about this new project, plus her childhood in a Chabad family in Melbourne Australia, walking in prayer, the keva-kavanah (fixed liturgy-intention) tension, and exploring t’fillah with kids. Plus even more beautiful bits of wisdom. May this blessed back-and-forth activate Divine presence in your day! Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And Show notes Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
50:45
February 24, 2022
Episode 15: Acknowledging What Is (G'vurot)
Episode 15: Acknowledging What Is (G'vurot)
It’s the second blessing of the Amidah, the fourth installment of our Amidah series, and an all-around enlivening episode! By diving deep into G’vurot, Josh, Ellen, and Eliana explore many questions including: What does it mean to be brought back to life? How is g?d the “owner of the powers,” and can they be rented? And how many movie and musical theater references can we make in an hour without really trying? Plus, listen to the end to hear a song of Eliana’s all about gratitude. What is YOUR superpower? Make sure to check out this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
01:00:37
February 17, 2022
Episode 14: Listen to the Siddur (with Rabbi Steve Sager)
Episode 14: Listen to the Siddur (with Rabbi Steve Sager)
Grateful to share another meaningful conversation with Rabbi Steve Sager. If you haven’t gotten a chance, listen back to episode 12 for our first interview. In this continuation, Rabbi Sager reflects on t’fillah through his own life, including his upbringing, his encounter with Mordecai Kaplan, and his path to Rabbinical school. Plus we continue to explore blessings, play and imagination, praying in English, and what it means to listen to the siddur. What are the moments that make your breath catch in your throat? Where is your wonder? Transcript And show notes And follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
55:29
February 10, 2022
Episode 13: Who is Present? (Avot V'Imahot)
Episode 13: Who is Present? (Avot V'Imahot)
Now that we’ve taken three steps back and three steps forward, and delved into the first three words of each bracha, it’s time to explore the first blessing of the Amidah- Avot V’Imahot, patriarchs, and as we discuss, also matriarchs. There is so much to uncover in just this one paragraph, including: Our feelings about adding to prayer, Poetic language that goes up to the heavens and back down to earth, inter-text galore, many musical modes, and Jedi ghosts. Really. Follow along with this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
01:00:10
February 03, 2022
Episode 12: Prayer is not so Linear (with Rabbi Steve Sager)
Episode 12: Prayer is not so Linear (with Rabbi Steve Sager)
This week’s episode was a difficult one to title- throughout my interview with the wise and compassionate Rabbi Steve Sager, he brought to light so many beautiful facets of t’fillah: what t’fillah means, is, and can be; what it takes to lead t’fillah; the “joyful reunion” of prayer and liturgy; what ritual requires; and g?d as the impulse to live. Rabbi Sager is a scholar of prayer, poetry, Rabbinic literature, and the art of conversation, and this is our first of many. Take a breath, listen in, and see where it takes you. Follow along with this week’s Transcript And show notes And follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
54:19
January 27, 2022
Episode 11: Pool of Blessings (baruch atah yud-hey-vav-hey)
Episode 11: Pool of Blessings (baruch atah yud-hey-vav-hey)
When we said we were going to dig deep into the Amidah, we meant it! In this week’s episode, Josh, Ellen, and Eliana explore/geek out over just three words- Baruch, Atah, and a four-letter name we can’t even pronounce. These three words begin the Amidah, appear at the end of every section of the Amidah, and begin every traditional blessing, and there is so much to explore, including (but not limited to): knees, curtain calls, praying to a “You,” Jewish numerology, and diving into the pool of blessing. Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And Show notes & Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
50:42
January 20, 2022
Episode 10: Why Worship? (with Cantor Rosalie Will)
Episode 10: Why Worship? (with Cantor Rosalie Will)
We’re so blessed to welcome the amazing Cantor Rosalie Will to the Light Lab! In this episode, Eliana and Rosalie explore what worship is, why it matters, and how better questions can elevate prayer communities. Plus we sing the praises of the songleading and music conference Hava Nashira, and Rosalie introduces her brand new nonprofit Sing Unto God. Be sure to check out this week’s Transcript And Show notes Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab, and Sing Unto God @sug_singuntogod
48:47
January 13, 2022
Episode 9: Palace Enough for Me (Adonai S'fatai Tiftach)
Episode 9: Palace Enough for Me (Adonai S'fatai Tiftach)
We are embarking on our most ambitious deep dive yet- the Amidah. But before we get too far in, we need to take a step back. Well, three. This week, Josh, Ellen, and Eliana explore “Adonai S’fatai Tiftach,” the preamble to the Amidah, what the Amidah even is, and what it means to prepare for prayer. Transcript Show Notes
47:02
January 06, 2022
We're on a 2-week break!
We're on a 2-week break!
Shalom dear listeners! We're taking a break through the end of '21. In the meantime, make sure you're caught up on all our episodes! For more learning, check out the in depth show notes at elianalight.com/podcast and follow us @thelight.lab. 
01:46
December 23, 2021
Episode 8: We are/will be One (Shema and Aleinu)
Episode 8: We are/will be One (Shema and Aleinu)
In the shema, we say g?d is one. Yet in the aleinu, we say on that day, g?d will be one. Which is true? Hear some thoughts from Eliana, breathe along with a short practice, and stay until the end for a gorgeous shema from the magical, mindful musician Chava Mirel. Transcript Show Notes Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
16:25
December 16, 2021
Episode 7: The Jewish Space-Time Continuum (with Yoshi Silverstein)
Episode 7: The Jewish Space-Time Continuum (with Yoshi Silverstein)
In this first full-length interview episode, Eliana connects with Yoshi Silverstein, founder of Mitsui Collective. We dig into embodied Jewish practice and what it has to do with racial justice, prayer, and the concept of time. It goes some pretty wonderful and wild places, just like a canoe in the river (a reference you’ll understand once you hear our conversation!) Be sure to check out this week’s: Transcript And Show notes  Connect with us on instagram @thelight.lab
01:10:45
December 09, 2021
Episode Six: Lights & Miracles (Hanukkah Candles)
Episode Six: Lights & Miracles (Hanukkah Candles)
Happy Hanukkah! In this very special holiday episode, Eliana, Josh, and Ellen explore the ritual of Hanukkah candles: from the opening blessings, to the difference between a menorah and a chanukiah, to the many verses of Maoz Tzur. Plus, Josh shares his brand new melody for Hanerot Hallalu! We hope this adds some sparkle to your festival of lights. Be sure to check out this week’s: Spotify playlist Transcript And Show Notes And connect with us on instagram @thelight.lab
53:31
December 02, 2021
Episode 5: Thanks-Giving (Modim Anachnu Lach)
Episode 5: Thanks-Giving (Modim Anachnu Lach)
It’s time for thanks-giving! Eliana, Ellen, and Josh explore the gratitude prayer of the Amidah, Modim Anachnu Lach. We nerd out on Jewish-people-monikers, intertext, and gematria (numerology,) plus share our favorite melodies and Thanksgiving traditions. What a great excuse for gratitude! Transcript at bit.ly/LLP5transcript  Show notes at elianalight.com/podcast  Spotify playlist at bit.ly/modimmix  Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab
45:59
November 25, 2021
Episode 4: Gratitude Glasses (Modeh/Modah Ani)
Episode 4: Gratitude Glasses (Modeh/Modah Ani)
This week, Eliana, Ellen, and Josh wake up in gratitude by diving deep into Modeh/Modah Ani. We talk morning rituals, translations, g?d names, favorite melodies, and more.  Full show notes (including all texts) at elianalight.com/podcast  Transcript at bit.ly/LLP4transcript Spotify Playlist at bit.ly/modahani
59:13
November 18, 2021
Episode 3: To Evening the Evenings (Ma'ariv Aravim) with Alexander Nemser
Episode 3: To Evening the Evenings (Ma'ariv Aravim) with Alexander Nemser
Eliana, Ellen, and Josh are joined by poet and educator Alexander Nemser for a deep dive into Ma'ariv Aravim, the first blessing in the evening service. We talk sheep, stars, translations, and time, plus learn about Alexander's prayer journey and hear some beautiful original poetry. It's a conversation as multifaceted and vast as the twilight sky...  Transcript at bit.ly/LLP3transcript Copious Show Notes at elianalight.com/podcast Spotify playlist at bit.ly/maarivaravim Learn more about Alexander at alexandernemser.tumblr.com Stay in touch! Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab 
01:00:11
November 09, 2021
Episode 2: We are the Luminaries (Or Chadash)
Episode 2: We are the Luminaries (Or Chadash)
To celebrate the launch of the light lab, Eliana, Ellen, and Josh dive deep into the prayer "Or Chadash," a new light. We explore the different kinds of light, light-centered g?d-names, and our favorite melodies for this prayer. Plus Eliana sings and shares her song, "A New Light." We hope this is an en-light-tening episode! Transcript at bit.ly/LLP2SN Show notes at elianalight.com/podcast  Plus a Spotify playlist (search for Eliana Light to find!)  Stay in touch! Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab 
40:21
November 04, 2021
Episode 1: Prayer vs Prayers (T'fillah)
Episode 1: Prayer vs Prayers (T'fillah)
Welcome to the Light Lab podcast! In this first episode, we start with the foundational questions: What is prayer? What is liturgy? Why does this matter? And why does this matter to us? Follow us on instagram @thelight.lab!
47:56
October 28, 2021
Light Lab Podcast Trailer
Light Lab Podcast Trailer
Welcome to the light lab! We (Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Eliana Light, and special guests) believe that there is so much insight to be found in Jewish sacred heritage by holding the gems of our liturgy to the light. We see the immense value of personal, heart-opening, empathy-expanding prayer practice. And we love to talk about both. Join us!
02:43
October 05, 2021