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- Adult Learning
The Shema and Its Blessings
- Friday, January 17
- 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
- Program Leader: Mike Levinger and Eric Rosen
Join us to study the Shema and Its Blessings. Jewish prayer and study often leads us in unanticipated directions so we tried to schedule our meetings so that our studying the Shema and its Blessings may lead us into other areas of learning.
As we commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this week and also meet Moses in this week’s parashah, this session will relate to Moses, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the meaning of redemption.
Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisrael; Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל; “Hear, [O] Israel”) is a prayer. It is also the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (better known as The Shema) of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃), found in Deuteronomy 6:4. Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment). Also, it is traditional for Jews to say the Shema as their last words, and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.
Dates: October 25, November 22, December 13, January 17, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22
This study group is open to all.