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Shema Audio

The Shema and its Blessings
An insight on the Kaddish and the Shema and its Blessings. What to contemplate when reciting the Shema, and what the angels do when they recite the Shema.
G-d is One
Audio | 2:28
G-d is One
The 'Shema' Prayer
What is the deeper meaning of the shema prayer? Does it mean that there is just one G-d, or just One anything?
Reciting Shema
Audio | 49:10
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Reciting Shema – Krias Shema
This class provides an in-depth understanding of the themes contained in the reciting of the Shema.
Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
Audio | 46:38
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Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
This class provides an in-depth understanding of the verse shema yisroel; the fundamental declaration of faith in G-d’s unity.
32. Shema & Baruch Shem
The Complete Shema Prayer
Shema - Ve-ohavto
Chassidic Insights on Berachot 2a, Lesson 2
How to commit to G-d in times of darkness.
The First Parshah of Shema
This class expounds upon the concept of loving G-d that’s mentioned in the first portion of the shema; v’ahavtah.
The Second Parshah of Shema
This class illuminates the subject of mitzvot as part of our love to G-d that’s stated in the second portion of shema; v’ha’yah.
51 Shema Yisrael
Audio | 1:10
51 Shema Yisrael
Ve'ahavta
Audio | 1:06
Ve'ahavta
Ve'ahavta Song
Audio | 0:53
Ve'ahavta Song
Vehaya
Audio | 2:32
Vehaya
Vayomer
Audio | 1:28
Vayomer
Our Foundational Faith
Audio | 1:02:55
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!
Shema Yisrael, Part 1
Imagining Creation
The first step of Shema is to lift yourself into a space from which you can see the view from above.
Shema Yisrael, Part 2
Speech: The Ultimate Metaphor for Creation
We use the emergence of speech from the human psyche to experience the act of creation within ourselves.
Shema Yisrael, Part 3
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.
Shema Yisrael, Part 4
Going Back Out Into the World
Now we bring this all back down to earth with an added line after the Shema.
Women and Prayer, Part 3
The Shema
Your Guide to the Shema
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.
The Minor Shema
Audio | 31:36
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.
The Blessings of the Shema
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 27
The third section of prayer consists of the Shema and its preceding and following blessings. They correspond to the third rung on the ladder of prayer—the realm of intelligence, which is higher than the previous two rungs of action and emotion.
The Shema Prayer
Audio | 30:17
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.
Lift Your Eyes to Heaven
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 36
In this class we learn the deeper meaning of the verse “Shema Yisroel” (Hear O’ Israel), in which we bear witness to the oneness of G-d.
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.
Consequences for Mitzvahs
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 38
The second paragraph of the Shema (v’hayah) restates and expands on elements of the first paragraph, but in markedly different form. Also, the Torah informs us of the ‘reward and punishment’ for mitzvah observance, warning us not to abandon them.
Seeing the Tzitzit and Remembering
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 39
The third section of the Shema contains the mitzvah of tzitzit, which serves as a reminder for our commitment to all of G-d’s mitzvahs, and not fall astray to our eyes and hearts temptations. It concludes with the remembrance of the exodus from Egypt.
Love in Three Movements
“And you shall love G-d your L-rd with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might”. This class explains these three loves and how to attain them, in both our relationship with G-d and with our life’s partner.
Reciting the Shema Prayer
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.
The Need to Hit the Refresh Button Every Night
How fortunate we are that G-d, in his abounding kindness, wove the institution of nightly sleep into the fabric of our daily lives!
Hear the Oneness
Audio | 5:33
Hear the Oneness
G‑d is the one truth that pervades all existence and we, in turn, must create that oneness within our hearts.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 20: Confessing Sins, Part 4 & The Shema, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 20 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 21: The Shema, Part 2 & Prayer, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 21 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:1
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 1
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:2
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 2
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:2b
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 3
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:3
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 4
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:4a
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 5
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:4b
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 6
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:5-6
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 7
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:7-8
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 8
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:9
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 9
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:10
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 10
Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Krias Shema u'Virchoseha 58:11
Laws Relating to the Recitation of the Shema and Its Blessings, Part 11
Shulchan Aruch, Din Brachah Rishonah b'Yotzeir 59:1a
Laws Relating to the First Blessing - Yotzer Or, Part 1
Shulchan Aruch, Din Brachah Rishonah b'Yotzeir 59:1b
Laws Relating to the First Blessing - Yotzer Or, Part 2
Shulchan Aruch, Din Brachah Rishonah b'Yotzeir 59:1c
Laws Relating to the First Blessing - Yotzer Or, Part 3
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