Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Philosophy Of The Shema | שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל

The Philosophy Of The Shema | שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל

THE SHEMA

‘HEAR, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.’ That is at once the quintessential embodiment of all our philosophy, as well as chief among Israel’s contributions to the everlasting truths of religion.

The first prayer of innocent child-lips, the last confession of the dying, the Shema has been the watchword and the rallying-cry of a hundred generations in Israel. By it were they welded into one Brotherhood to do the will of their Father who is in heaven.


The reading of the Shema has—in rabbinic phrase—clothed Israel with invincible lion-strength, and endowed him with the double-edged sword of the spirit against the unutterable terrors of his long night of exile.
J. H. HERTZ, 1912.

WHEN men in prayer declare the Unity of the Holy Name in love and reverence, the walls of earth’s darkness are cleft in twain, and the Face of the Heavenly King is revealed, lighting up the universe.
ZOHAR.



Excerpt From A Book of Jewish Thoughts By Dr. J H. Hertz



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