Shema Yisrael

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In this week’s shiur we concluded Birkhas Ahavah and started Shema with the origin of “Kel Melekh Ne’eman” and some thoughts on its first sentence.
Some of the topics discussed:

  • Veha’eir eineinu beSorasekhaTif’eres, fully integrating our Torah knowledge to shape our entire selves.
  • Vedabeiq libeinu vs Veyacheid levaveinu — Two approaches to serving G-d (another reference to the “Fork in the Hashkafic Road“), two ways “velo neivosh le’olam va’ed” (not to be embarassed ever).
  • Vesolicheinu qomemiyus le’artzeinu — coming upright to our land. Redemption includes the opportunity to live peacefully and with self-respect.
  • The value of our being a lashon, a group of people united by the Hebrew language.
  • Birkhas Ahava‘s connection to Shema.
  • Should we say “amein” after our own birkhas ahavah? “Kel Melekh Ne’eman” as an amein.
  • Other explanations for saying “Kel Melekh Ne’eman
  • The significance of saying Shema Yisrael, that the two words aren’t merely a preface.
  • The unity of Hashem and Elokeinu — what each name connotes, and how do they really describe a Single Indivisible Deity

And your thoughts...?