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קריאת שמע

שמע ישראל ה׳ אלקנו ה׳ אחד


ואהבת את ה׳ אלקך בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאדך
והיה הדברים האלה אשר אנכי מצוך היום על לבבך
ושננתם לבניך ודברת בם בשבתך בביתך ובלכתך בדרך ובשכבך ובקומך
וקשרתם לאות על ידך והיו לטטפות בין עיניך
וכתבתם על מזזות ביתך ובשעריך


Hear O Israel, Hashem (is) our God, Hashem is One

And you should love Hashem your God with all of your heart, and all of your soul, and all of your means.

And these words that I command you today should be upon your heart.

And you should teach them to your children, and speak of them - when you sit in your home, and travel on the way, and when you lie down and when you get up.

And you should bind them as a sign on your arm and for a symbol between your eyes.

And you should write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.1



This past week we read the first pasuk and parsha of K'riyat Shema. (The second Parsha is part of this coming week's Sidra.) Though it appears here for the first time, the Gemara2 says that Ya'akov's sons said this verse at his deathbed. Even earlier, Rashi3 quotes a Midrash that when Yaakov came down to Mitzrayim, while Yosef fell on his neck and cried, Yaakov was reciting the Shema.

Chazal4 refer to the recitation of Shema as Kabalat ol maluchut shamayim "acceptance of the yoke of Heaven". The Kol Bo explains that the reason the ע and ד are written in larger letters in the Torah scroll is that this spells עד - "witness"; by reciting Keriyat Shema we bear witness to God's Oneness. Shema has been called the "pledge of allegiance" of the Jewish people. Indeed, in Sefer Hamitzvot, in which the Rambam lists the 613 mitzvot in order of importance, after recognition of Hashem (the first of the Aseret HaDibrot) #s 2 and 3 are kabalat ol malchut shamayim and ahavat Hashem. The Sages5 say that all of the Aseret HaDibrot are alluded to in the Shema.

The poskim are nearly unanimous that the twice-daily recitation of Shema ("..when you lie down and when you get up") is a mitzva D'Oraisa. It is the centerpiece of our morning and evening Tefilot prayers (Shacharit and Aravit), with elaborate accompanying brachot both before and after it, and followed by the Amida. The custom is to cover the eyes with one's hand when reciting the first verse, so that our concentration will be complete. Each word is enunciated clearly, and loudly enough that one can hear it.

Shema is found in several other places in our liturgy. At one time, there was a decree that Jews not be allowed to recite Keriyat Shema. Guards were posted in the synagogues to make sure this was enforced. The guards left after the Shacharit prayers, so the Jews of that time inserted the phrase into the Musaf Kedusha. After the decree was no longer in force, the Shema continued - and continue - to be said there. Shema is also one of the verses recited in the Rosh HaShana Amida, bridging the orders of Malchuyot and Zichronot. It is also found at the end of Ne'ila, where it begins the final, emotional series of responsive verses that are "called out" at the final climax to the day's prayers.

There is a custom that the night before a baby boy's bris, children gather around the baby and recite the Shema. Shema is one of the first prayers that is taught to every child, and recited just before going to sleep. In this bittersweet story, those childhood memories helped return some lost children to their people.

The Talmud6 tells of the death of Rabbi Akiva, who was martyred for teaching Torah despite Roman decrees forbidding it.
When he was taken out to be killed, it was the time of reciting the Shema. They ripped his flesh with iron combs, and he acknowledged the "burden of the Kingdom of Heaven." His disciples asked him: "Rabbi, to this extent?" He replied: "All my life I was worried about this verse, "(And you shall love the Lord your God) ...with all your soul," - even if He takes away your soul. I said: "When will I encounter such a situation and fulfill this!" Now that I encountered it, won't I fulfill it?" He stretched out the word "Echad" (one) until his life expired with that word. A heavenly voice went out and announced: "Blessed are you, Rabbi Akiva, that your life expired with "Echad"


Throughout all the centuries of persecution, Jews have continued to declare their unswerving faith in God through the recitation of Shema at the moment of their ultimate sacrifice. Just two recent examples: Roi Klein hy"d and in Sbarro.

The parshiot of Shema are also inscribed on parchment and inserted in the Tefillin ("a sign on your arm and for a symbol between your eyes") and Mezuzot ("write them on the doorposts of your house").

A few years ago I came across a very cute and fascinating essay, where the author discovers that the Shema is the ultimate Jewish Haiku!
Indeed, Judaism is not Old World. It is timeless, applicable, and relevant at every moment.



1 Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4–9,
2 Pesachim 56a
3 on Beresishis (Genesis) 46:29
4 Sukka 42a, Berachot 61a,b
5 Talmud Yerushalmi, at the end of the first Perek of Brachos
6 Talmud Berachot 61b further explained here

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