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In the first paragraph of the Shema (v’Ahavta), after submitting to G-d’s sovereignty, we accept the yoke of His commandments. This begins with the instruction to love G-d, which motivates and energizes the performance of mitzvahs. This class also addresses the famous question of how G-d can expect us to love Him on command.

Love G-d with All Your Heart

Love G-d with All Your Heart

Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 37

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Love G-d with All Your Heart: Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 37

In the first paragraph of the Shema (v’Ahavta), after submitting to G-d’s sovereignty, we accept the yoke of His commandments. This begins with the instruction to love G-d, which motivates and energizes the performance of mitzvahs. This class also addresses the famous question of how G-d can expect us to love Him on command.
Siddur: Veahavta Eit Hashem
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Prayer Book, Prayer, Love of G-d, Shema
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan is the Director of Lubavitch of Maryland. He is a board member of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.
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Sophie michigan September 8, 2015

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