Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4
Long before any of the other prayers were formulated, the recital of the Shema in the morning and evening was a part of the daily life of Israel. The Shema means much more to Judaism than simply a Scripture reading or a daily prayer; it is a summary of faith, mission and identity all in one. It is often the first verse of the Bible that a Jewish child learns by heart. It is recited twice daily by faithful Jewish people for as long as they live. Many people, especially martyrs, utter the words of the Shema with their dying breath. Yeshua named the Shema as the greatest commandment in the Torah.
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