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 beSorasekha — Tif’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