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Translation of The Shema

Translation of The Shema


Cover your 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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Anonymous Miami beach November 29, 2016

Schma Listen(obey) Reply

Anonymous Sacramento September 13, 2016

Shema I started observing orthodox Judaism in the last year. I purchased a nice $2,000 set of tefillin and several tassled four cornered under shirt garments. I recite the Shema in the morning and night, and I can say that my life has improved dramatically. I observe the Sabbath very strictly as well. Wearing tefillin in the morning while reciting the Shema is how one connects/communicates with the Creator. The Creator finds creative ways to communicate back. Lovely indeed. Reply

Shawn Samson Greenwich, CT February 15, 2016

Thank you. Reply

Md. Shakil Ahmed January 18, 2016

I feel the words are very nice I am a Muslim...and felt these words are very nice...a nice prayer... Reply

Amram W April 21, 2017
in response to Md. Shakil Ahmed:

Thanks dear brother Reply

Knyck Las vegas December 12, 2015

Shema Saying this prayer upon awakening and at dusk has brought me back to G-d in a way i never thought possible,i ignored my jewish roots for so long,i was a communist as a young adult,my life was misery and i soon became a painkiller addict @ 16. I grew up confused in a Jewish/Italian/German family you see family members were mostly atheist. I then gave Buddhism a try,it helped,but something was missing.I progressed to heroin and my life by all appearances was over.Christianity the religion of my abusive father was pushed on me by the chaplain at the jail when i asked for spiritual help,I saw christians in jail who did whatever they felt with no conscience about it,because they were "saved",christianity had absolutely no appeal to me with there 3 in 1 G-d man. It was then i thought of my grandfather who passed recently and was jewish and demanded my bar mitzvah @ 13, and asked to see a rabbi who came to the jail once a week. The rabbi gave me a siddur and that siddur changed my life. Reply

David Aguirre San Antonio, Texas October 1, 2015

Thank you has been a blessing to me! Thank you! Reply

Greg Mardon Charlotte NC September 5, 2015

Shema Yisrael Prayer. Thank you so much for having the Shema so easily available, you people do great work and forgive me for posting on the Sabbath!!!! I just recently moved to Charlotte North Carolina and found 2 Chabad Shul's which I plan to visit each within the next couple of weeks. I am in about my third year of personal study into Judaism and have not yet been through the conversion process, but everyone that I have spoken to and even a couple in Israel have suggested Chabad as a home to look for, I am very conservative and it appears that you are very adherent to following the laws of the Torah which I find very appealing!!!! Thank you for your time. Reply

Greg Mardon Charlotte NC August 17, 2015

Shema Yisrael Prayer. I hope you all know i didn't mean to misspell Shema in my previous comment, sorry. Reply

Greg Mardon Charlotte, NC August 17, 2015

I am very grateful to you guys for putting this site together and allowing me to find this English translation of the Shama Israel prayer, I've just started trying to read it every morning and every night and most times I cannot do it without getting a little emotional.Thank you Chabad and may the L-rd our G-d bless your organisation. Reply

David Laxmon Salgadu Colombo July 23, 2015

Amen Reply

Pamela USA December 30, 2014

The Power of Prayer I have had nightmares about the Holocaust for 30 years. They began at age 13. I have been to many therapists and holy people in my life. I was not born Jewish.
Nothing helped keep the nightmares away.
I was afraid that I was going to have a heart attack in bed and die from them.
A couple of years ago someone read my blog about my Holocaust nightmares and referred me to the Ask A Rabbi
link. It has been the miracle that I have been searching for.

The Rabbis at Chabad were able to connnect me with a Rabbi who is also a therapist. Guess what?
Ever since he introduced the Shema prayer to me--I have not had a single, Holocaust nightmare.

I say it every night before I go to bed.
The Shema is proof that the power of prayer works! Reply

Editor via October 28, 2014

Re Principles of Faith Here's a link to Maimonides' principles of faith. Reply

Paul Bourgeois 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..." Reply

neeru Chennai 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 Reply

Sami New York 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. Reply

Mary 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. Reply

Dawn Louisiana September 20, 2013

Shema Nothing as powerful! I am so blessed! Reply

Robert Bernstein (Katz) Paramus, NJ 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? Reply

Enrique Williams Panama city, Panama. 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. Reply

Yael Switz 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! Reply

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