Shema

It is a mitzva by Torah law to recite Shema Yisrael – “Hear O Israel” – in the morning and the evening. This consists of two passages from Devarim (6:4-9 and 11:13-21), to which a third passage (Bamidbar 15:37-41) was added, containing the mitzva to wear ritual fringes, to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. One fulfills his obligation merely by reciting it; however, to fulfill his obligation to recite the first verse: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” one is also required to pay specific attention to the meaning of the words.

Read more about the Shema and its significance in the introduction to Massekhet Berakhot.

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