The Shema

Updated: May 27, 2020

Article from: Alon HaKodesh Newsletter (1) Tisha BeAv Edition

Whether in Israel or the Galut, secular or religious, most Jews have said the Shema Yisrael prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4) countless times during their lives.  The fortunate ones among us who speak to King of kings daily, follow the Torah commandment of saying the Shema no less than twice per day[1].  Here we figuratively cry out to HaShem “Hear O Yisrael, HaShem our God, HaShem is One”, pleading for Him to bring our salvation—whether nationally or individually.  We then follow up with our reasoning of why He should bring our salvation, by expressing our Love of HaShem.  

וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת ה' אֱלהֶיךָ, בְּכָל לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל מְאדֶךָ

VeAhavta Et HaShem ElokeiCha BeChol LeVaVeCha, U’beChol NafSheCha, U’beChol MeOdeCha