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The Shema

The Shema

The Daily Declaration of Faith


Shema Yisrael (“Hear, O Israel”) are the first two words of a section of the Torah that is the centerpiece of the morning and evening prayer services, encapsulating the monotheistic essence of Judaism:

“Hear, O Israel: G‑d is our L‑rd, G‑d is one.”

In its entirety, the Shema consists of three paragraphs: Deuteronomy 6:4–9, Deuteronomy 11:13–21 and Numbers 15:37–41.

Its recitation twice daily (morning and evening) is a biblical commandment. In addition, we recite it just before retiring for the night, as well as in the Kedushah service on Shabbat.

Indeed, this succinct statement has become so central to the Jewish people that it is the climax of the final Ne’ilah prayer of Yom Kippur, and is traditionally a Jew’s last words on earth.

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August 21, 2016
Great to know
I realy like this and I will like to know more
July 20, 2016
I can see no difference from what you believe and what I believe concerning the One True G-d. Although I am not Christian or Jewish, and I could never be Christian because it trinitarian but Judaism seems more in line with true Monotheism. Thank you.
Rasheed M.
July 12, 2016
Cover eyes
Thanks for the information I did not know that and I always wondered why
March 26, 2016
Thank you from the very core of my heart.
Esther Herat
St John's
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