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(Ber. 61b), discussing the Exodus from Egypt and all its ramifications, their discussion continued far
into the night until with dawn breaking their students came to them and said "Rabbis, the time has
come for reciting the morning Shema". RECITATION OF THE SHEMA
What is this "recitation of the Shema", known more familiarly in Hebrew as K'riyath Shema?
The word "Shema" is the first Hebrew word of perhaps the most famous and most honoured phrase in
Judaism. The first Jewish word learned by a Jewish child, and the last words uttered on leaving this
world. "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God the Lord the One and Only * (Deut. Ch. 6V. 4)
These words, soaring up to the heavens, are a declaration by the Jew of his belief in the
eternity and singleness and uniqueness of God and his unqualified acceptance of Him, and Him alone,
as the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and our commitment to obey His commandments.
It was uttered by countless Jewish Martyrs murdered throughout the ages, by the...
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