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The prayer that proclaims our faith in G-d
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No Free Rides
Parshat Eikev
The Shema contains fundamental beliefs about G‑d, Torah and mitzvot. But much of the second paragraph repeats the first. Why the need for this repetition?
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The Shema Prayer
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 35
The central prayer of Shema Yisrael (Hear O Israel . . . G-d Is One) begins with the essential statement of Jewish faith, wherein we proclaim our absolute belief in one unified G-d. Discover profound insight into how the Shema stands at the epicenter of our existence and ultimately encapsulates our historic experience at Sinai.
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Shema Yisrael
Part One: Imagining Creation
The first step of Shema is to lift yourself into a space from which you can see the view from above.
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Shema Yisrael
Part Two: Speech: The Ultimate Metaphor for Creation
We use the emergence of speech from the human psyche to experience the act of creation within ourselves.
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Shema Yisrael
Part Three: The Essential Secret
Real secrets don't need to be hidden--they are known only to those who already know. The most absolute secret is to know existence itself.
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Shema Yisrael
Part Four: Going Back Out Into the World
Now we bring this all back down to earth with an added line after the Shema.
Two modes of interaction with the divine
An analysis of the first two paragraphs of the Shema, and an inspiring and encouraging message for our times. (Likutei Sichos vol. 9)
Affirming the Oneness and Unity of G-d
“Hear O’ Israel…G-d is One” is arguably the most essential statements of the Jewish faith. Discover layers of meaning to this central verse we recite daily.
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Our Foundational Faith
The Twelve Steps: Lesson 2, "Shema Yisrael"
The twelve Torah passages (known as the 12 Pesukim) present the Torah’s fundamental ideas empowering us with the spiritual strength needed to face the current challenges in life. The second step is the verse “Shema Yisrael” (“Hear, O Israel: G d is our L rd, G d is one”). Discover how this key passage expresses our deep connection and loyalty to G-d, and testifies to the ultimate presence of the divine in this world!
Understanding Prayer
Many fundamental beliefs of Judaism can be found in this prayer. Learn how to internalize its message to improve your relationship with G-d.
How do you find faith even in a moment of fear?
The Shema Prayer
The Shema prayer has always been a central prayer for Jews in times of difficulty and times of wonder, connecting us to G-d as well as other Jews. Find out about the history, evolution and meaning of this prayer and why it is such a powerful prayer for us.
Experiencing G-d’s compassion and justice
There are two ways to use energy either by harnessing it or by unleashing it. Which one is greater?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vaetchanan
Something Spiritual on Parshat Eikev
In this class you will study the Chassidic elucidation of the grammatical choice of the word echad ("one") in the Shema, in contrast to yachid ("singular"), and the significant implication of this to G‑d's relationship with creation.
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The Minor Shema
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 9
Prior to the formal prayer service, we recite the minor Shema prayers declaring G-d’s oneness. We proceed to state Torah passages related to the Temple service, both the animal and incense offerings—and engage in minimal Torah study.
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