The Mysteries of the Sh'ma

It’s at once the most famous affirmation of Jewish belief—no other sentence in Judaism is more powerful—and the most misunderstood.

February 11, 2020 | Meir Soloveichik
About the author: Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

Children covering their eyes during the Sh’ma on September 28, 2000 at Pressman Academy in Los Angeles. Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.

From when does one read the sh’ma in the evening?—Opening words, Mishnah and Talmud

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