Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Way of G-d

Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 4: "Shema Yisroel Its Blessings"
Paragraph 12

The very last item we'll consider in the whole panorama of things associated with reciting "Shema Yisroel" will be the berachot ("blessings") we say with the nighttime reading of it.

As we said, all of creation is reactivated every day, and each day is given its own mission. Now, that's both confirmed and summed up in the heavens each night (much the way we might review the day we'd had each night to plan for the next day accordingly). The berachot said before and after the nighttime "Shema Yisroel" reflect that.

As such, we start off by praising G-d for changing day to night and for manifesting His presence then, too. Then we reaffirm G-d's love of us as well as our commitment to Him and His Torah, which we thank G-d for.

We then recite "Shema Yisroel", and end off by expressing gratitude to G-d once again for having redeemed us in the past (with an implied trust in the ultimate redemption) and by declaring that "G-d will reign forever!"

A fourth beracha was instituted later on as well in which we ask G-d for gu idance, well-being, and surety; and some communities conclude with an additional beracha that reaffirms G-d's sovereignty and lauds Him for it.

May G-d grant us the wherewithal to recite "Shema Yisroel" in earnest and with true heartfelt conviction each and ever day; and may we realize the truth of what it says as we say it.


Text Copyright 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Noach Did Not Become Wicked, He Just Became Plain
- 5768

Out of the Darkness
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Shame Of Cham
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

A Wasted Tragedy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

Wine and Window Washers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

ArtScroll

The Purpose of Creation Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Unity and Conformity
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Of Showers, Towers, and False Powers
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

> People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Worlds Apart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Now -A Hopeful Place
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Great Is Peace
- 5769

Improving Our Own World
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Parshas Noach
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Join the Voices in the Ark
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774



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