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This year we almost have another Thanksgivukkah. However, Chanukah begins just after Thanksgiving, with lighting the Chanukiah, the Chanukah menorah on Sunday night, November 28.

This month we continue a practice initiated in the October, 2021, bulletin of exploring a well known Jewish prayer. Today’s focus is THE SHEMA.

ְׁשַמעִיְׁשָרֵאלְׁיהָוה ֱאלֵֹהינוְּׁיהָוה ֶאָָֽחד

HEAR O ISRAEL: THE LORD IS OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.

This recitation of words from our Torah is part of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services and this verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism. Reciting this Torah verse twice a day is considered a mitzvah. It is traditional (and a blessing) for a Jew to say The Shema as his/her last words before leaving this world and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.

The SHEMA comes directly from the verse in the Torah in the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 6, verse 4.

Rabbinic Judaism teaches that the Tetragrammaton,(י-ה-ו-ה) YHWH, is the ineffable and actual name of God, and as such is not read aloud in The Shema but is traditionally replaced with ,אדני Adonai (“LORD”). For that reason, the Shema is recited aloud as

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad
(“Hear, O Israel: the LORD is our God, the LORD is One.”)

Just a few months ago we celebrated Rosh Hashanah and it was our pleasure to wish each and every Temple Judea congregant and their families a healthy and happy new year 5782-style. In a short time, we will be observing the secular new year 2022, hmmmm only 3,760 years difference. Once again, with much joy we wish you all a wonderful new year.

Chag Chanukah Sameach, We are happy you are part of our Temple Judea family,

Sandy Shapiro & Arnold Miller
Co-Chairs