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Commandments and what may happen if we do not. The commandment to wear Tzitzith, and a
remembrance of our Exodus from Egypt. The recital of these three paragraphs is mandatory on Jews
twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
This is the Kriyat Shema:
1. "."Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God the Lord the One and Only” is a ringing
pronouncement of pure unadulterated and uncompromising monotheism without any taint of an
intermediary or anything or anyone standing between us and the Almighty. The recitation of these
words is our acknowledgement of the Almighty as Creator and Supreme Ruler of the Universe and our
acceptance of His Torah and Commandments.
The last letter of the Hebrew word
an ayin Shema, ‘Hear’, the first word of the declaration, is , while the last letter of the last word (Echad), ‘One’, is a . In the Torah these two letters are written larger than the rest, together they make up the Hebrew word
witness, so that
when we say the ‘Shema’ we are bearing w...
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