The Shema Yisrael

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Shema Yisrael or Shema are parts of the section of the Torah and are highlighted in the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord of our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Shema is considered as the most important prayer by many observant Jews. The Shema is an expression of our faith and loyalty to God. This is the first prayer that is taught to Jewish children and the last prayers said by a dying Jew.

  • Saying Shema technically starts at nightfall and culminates at midnight (or dawn the following day). In the morning, Shema is said an hour before sunrise until 8 in the morning.
  • The Shema is composed of 3 parts from the Torah. Deuteronomy 6:4 talks about our love to God, learning the Torah, and passing Jewish traditions to children.
  • The second part which is Deuteronomy 11:13-21 explains the positive outcome of fulfilling mitzvot and the repercussion of not following it.
  • The third part, Numbers 15:37-41, talks about the mitzvah of wearing Tzitzit, as well as the Exodus from Egypt. Tzitzit serves as a physical reminder of the 613 commandments stated in the Torah.

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