The Way of G-d
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 4: "Shema Yisroel and Its Blessings"
So, let's sum up all we manage to declare and accomplish when we recite
the very first verse of "Shema Yisroel" (i.e., "Hear O Israel! G-d our L-
one G-d") wholeheartedly and in full faith.
We affirm G-d's oneness in all its facets, we accept the yoke of His
upon ourselves and proclaim His sovereignty over all of creation, and we
resolve to give up our life if we have to in order to sanctify His Name.
As a consequence (and on an as-for-now covert way), G-d bolsters His
sovereignty over all of creation, which then debases and vanquishes the
evil, and strengthens goodness. G-d then manifests His presence throughout
creation and enables it to be perfected, and everything needed to allow
universal excellence is bestowed as creation is granted all the
holiness it needs.
Now let's go on the explain the implications of the next verse of "Sh'ma
Yisroel", the paragraphs that follow it, and the blessings we offer before
after reciting it all.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.