Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


B. Love - Ahavah

"In the second book I will include all the commandments that apply constantly and that we were commanded to observe in order to love G-d and remember Him always, such as the reading of the shema, prayer, phylacteries, and the priests' blessing; circumcision is included since it is a sign in our flesh to remind us always, at times when there are no phylacteries or fringes or the like. And I have called this book the Book of Love."


6. Reciting the Shema - Kerias Shema

Twice each day one must recite the shema, which consists of three sections of the Torah: "Hear, O Israel...",1 "If you listen to my commandments...",2 and "...They shall make fringes...".3 The first of these proclaims the unity of Ha-Shem and our love for Him; the second, our acceptance of all the commandments; and the third also tells us to remember all the commandments [as it says "And you shall see them (i.e., the fringes) and remember all My commandments and perform them"].4 In addition, the third section contains a reminder of the exodus from Egypt, as it says "I am Ha-Shem your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt",5 which we are commanded to remember, as it says "In order that you remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt all the days of your life".6,a A man may recite the shema in any language that he understands.b

We recite the shema every evening and morning at the time that people lie down and at the time that they get up, as it says "And you shall speak about them... when you lie down and when you get up".7,c Specifically, we recite it in the evening between the time the stars come out and dawn (before midnight if possible) and in the morning between dawn and the end of the first quarter of the day (but preferably just before sunrise).d We recite two benedictions before it and one after it in the daytime; two before it and two after it at night.e

Sources:

1. Deut. 6:4-9 a. 1:2-3
2. Deut. 11:13-21 b. 2:10
3. Num. 15:37-41 c. 1:1
4. Num. 15:39 d. 1:9-11
5. Num. 15:41 e. 1:5
6. Deut. 16:3
7. Deut. 6:7



 


ARTICLES ON MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Why Eight Days?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Dreams etc.
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Chanukah Vs. Purim
Shlomo Katz - 5760

ArtScroll

Two Year Prison Extension
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Those Small Jars
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Lighting Up the Streets
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Profit from Loss, Light from Darkness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

Holy Eyes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

"Your Servant, Our Father"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

> The Lost Jewel
Shlomo Katz - 5765

The Sweetest Gift In Life: Peace of Mind
Rav Frand - 5768

Associated Press
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Miketz - Preparing for the End
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

O Chanukah, O Chanukah . . .
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Turning Points
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Days of Eight
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information