Thursday, June 21, 2012

A message of the word "Sh'ma"


The "Sh'ma (Hear O Israel)" prayer contains the essence of Jewish beliefs, and is recited at least twice daily - at the morning and evening services.

Avudraham, an early commentary to the prayer book, points out that the word "Shma," שמע, may be read as an acronym: Si'u Marom Eineichem [שאו מרום עיניכם] - Raise your eyes heavenward.

Ultimately, all of our Jewish beliefs can be distilled into that message [as seen in Chavakuk 2:4 and a related comment in Makkot 24].

Have a great day,

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