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Translation of The Shema

Translation of The Shema

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Cover you eyes with your right hand and say:

Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.

Recite the following verse in an undertone:

Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.

You shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

And it will be, if you will diligently obey My commandments which I enjoin upon you this day, to love the L-rd your G-d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be sated. Take care lest your heart be lured away, and you turn astray and worship alien gods and bow down to them. For then the L-rd's wrath will flare up against you, and He will close the heavens so that there will be no rain and the earth will not yield its produce, and you will swiftly perish from the good land which the L-rd gives you. Therefore, place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul, and bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, to speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates - so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged on the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers to give to them for as long as the heavens are above the earth.

The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to attach a thread of blue on the fringe of each corner. They shall be to you as tzizit, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the L-rd and fulfill them, and you will not follow after your heart and after your eyes by which you go astray - so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your G-d. I am the L-rd your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G-d; I, the L-rd, am your G-d. True.

From Siddur Tehillat Hashem. © Copyright Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY
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October 28, 2014
Re Principles of Faith
Here's a link to Maimonides' principles of faith.
Editor
mychabad.org
October 28, 2014
To Neeru on "The Nature of God": What you mention is, I think, part of the 13 Principles of faith put forth by Maimonides (Rambam). Moznaim Publishing puts out this marvelous little translation of Rambam and his commentary on Ethics of the Fathers with his original 13 Principles of Faith (his introduction to Perek Chelek/The Mishnah) as a chapter at the end. "I find it necessary to take this opportunity to elaborate on many principles of faith that are of great importance..."
Paul Bourgeois
October 16, 2014
Nature of G-d
Can anyone help me with the original hebrew verses of the nature of G-d?
the 6 verses in english are given .. for ex: G-d exists, G-d is one, G-d is incorporeal, G-d creates everything, G-d is omnipresent, G-d is omnipotent. etc
but i want the original verses written in hebrew to hang it in my house and pray everyday.
Your help will be much appreciated.
thanks
neeru
Chennai
February 13, 2014
Shema prayer
I say the whole Shema prayer every day wearing my Tefelin. When I first read the prayer I was so surprised. It is over 2,000 years old and still makes a lot of sense today asking G-d for rain and food.
Sami
New York
December 22, 2013
Thank you all
For your comments. They are most inspiring to me, one who has recently found Chabad. I only wish the Chabad center near by had conversion classes, although I don't feel worthy to convert at this exact moment, I know that day is coming, with G-d's mercy, guidance and understanding on my part. Thank you Rabbi Gordon, and daily podcasts of Tanya, so inspiring, so much to learn. Every day, my prayer is for the presence of G-d to stay with me, to wrap me in his pinions. Thank you all.
Mary
September 20, 2013
Shema
Nothing as powerful! I am so blessed!
Dawn
Louisiana
July 7, 2013
The cement
Hi, i am a devout Jew. I believe the Kriat Shema should be and is Israel's National Anthem, certainly in spirit. It is the cement that glues me to Hashem and draws from my deepest spiritual well. It helps strengthen my belief and faith in the G-d of Israel. Hashem Judaism, being a Hebrew and by G-d's blessing a Kohane
is the central part of my being and calling. I would like to Add a comment.
The amidah which is repeated three times in Shemot 3 seems to relate to the Kriat Shema. Does anyone know of any relationship that has been stated in Halacha by one of our sages?
Robert Bernstein (Katz)
Paramus, NJ
April 4, 2013
Now that Im reading The Tanya I understand this very well.
They shall be to you as tzizit, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the L-rd and fulfill them, and you will not follow after your heart and after your eyes by which you go astray - so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your G-d. I am the L-rd your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G-d; I, the L-rd, am your G-d. The end means I brought you out of the Sitra Achra.
Enrique Williams
Panama city, Panama.
January 10, 2013
Shema brings a Yiddisher Kop!
This is a very strong Mitzvah in the Talmud. I once heard a Rabbi who taught that every time we do Shema it's as if we are elevated into the heavenly realm each and everyday and that we continue do this into the after life. That is just a wonderful thought to know that faith within performing Shema!
Yael Switz
November 12, 2012
G-D is big in all our life
G-D blessing all you guys, I'm enjoying and studying on this website.
Vinny
Staten island N.Y.
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