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The Shema

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Rebekah Grzebinski

on 14 January 2015

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Transcript of The Shema

The Shema
What is the Shema?
The Shema is a prayer that is recited twice a day, in the morning and evening. We cover our eyes with our right hand to have correct concentraion while saying it. We thanks G-d for all that he has done and given us while reciting the Shema. The Shema is very detailed with exact times, meanings, and ways to recite it. One detail that we focus on, is why the Shema is put in the specific order it's in.
Where in the Torah is the Shema?
Shema and VeAHavta
One paragraph in the Shema is the VeAHavta which comes directly after the Shema. The VeAHavta is really apart of the entire paragraph of Shema, just has a slightly different meaning. VeAHavta means that you should love God, with all your heart and soul.
Shema and VeHaya Im Shamoa
Another paragraph in the Shema is VeHaya Im Shamoa. It is the second paragraph in the Shema. This paragraph explains that if we listen to God, we will get great rewards. But if we don't, we will get punished. The paragraph of VeHaya Im Shamoa comes after the Shemah because before we listen to Hashem and do his mitzvot, we have to except the yoke of Hashem being our God first.
Shema and Vayomer
Anither paragraph in the Shema is Vayomer. It is the paragraph that comes after VeHaya Im Shamoa (the third paragraph in Shema) . Vayomer talks about the wearing and rules of Tzitzit. It comes after VeHaya Im Shemoa simply because we say VeHaya Im Shamoa more often. We say VeHaya Im Shamoa twice aday, while we say Vayomer only once a day.
Times of saying the Shema
We say the Shema twice a day, in the morning and at night, or when we lay down and when we get up. But specifically at night we say it when the stars come out and in the morning we specifically say it when we can see the difference between the blue and white strings on our Tzitzit.
The last time we are allowed to say the Shema at night is at Chatzot, which is midnight. But the last time we can say the Shema in the morning is when the kings wake up, which is the third hour of the day.
Last times to say the Shema
The Shema is found in 3 parts of the Torah. The first paragraph is found in Devarim 6:4. The paragraph of VeAHavta is found also in Devarim 6:5-9. The paragraph of VeHaya Im Shamoa is found also in Devarim 11:13-21.
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