Judaism's foundational prayer calls on us not merely to listen, but to remember that there is one force of connection uniting us all.
Text in English for the Shema and the three blessings that accompany it.
This custom has its origins in the Talmud.
Asking God for peace and protection in this evening prayer.
It helps to know what lies behind the muted bindings and the denominational labels of today's wide array of possibilities.
While the Shema has been seen as a declaration of absolute monotheism, it has other meanings in its biblical and liturgical contexts.
Commentaries on the three paragraphs of the Shema read Jewish concepts both out of and into the text.
An affirmation of God’s singularity, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment.
An overview of the texts that guide Jewish worship.
The three paragraphs of the Shema can be interpreted allegorically by connecting each of the three paragraphs to a different stage of a growing, loving relationship.