Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Shema

Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad!
Ve'ahavta et Adonai elohekha
b'khol levavkha,
uv khol nafshekha,
uv khol me'odekha!

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Three bible passages that have been recited morning and evening by Jews over the centuries, since before Jesus' time, as a declaration of loyalty to God's Covenant. The Shema is a commitment to love God, keep Him in your thoughts at all times, be obedient to Him and teach them to your children. The three Shema verses include the following scriptures, the numbers passage is recited only in the morning, the other two are recited morning and evening;
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Deuteronomy 11:13-21
Numbers 15:37-41

Deuteronomy 6:4-9