Talking Parsha - Va'etchanan: Shema Yisrael - Why is it so fundamental?

The way Moses says the verse, 'Hear O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One,' is not so dramatic as it seems. Why did it become such an important part of our life, and what makes it so special?

Tuvia and Yitzi ,

Talking Parsha
Talking Parsha
Tuvia and Yitzi

This week we read one of the most famous, most fundamental pesukim (verses) in our tradition - the pasuk (verse) of Shema Yisrael (Hear O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One) (Deuteronomy, 6:4).

Reading through the pesukim, we notice that the way Moshe (Moses) says that pasuk actually isn't as dramatic as we would have thought. It doesn't stand out in any way, it just appears as part of the flow of his speech, with no special introduction.

So why has this pasuk become such an important part of our life? What is it about Shema Yisrael that makes it so special?



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