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THE SHEMA

If you are praying without a minyan, begin with the following three words:

. ‫אֵל מֶֿלְֶך נֶאֱמָן‬
EL
G-d

Me’-lech ne-e-man’.
king trustworthy, steadfast, faithful, reliable

Recite aloud, with your right hand covering your eyes.

. ‫ יי אֶחָד‬, ‫ יי אֱֹלהֵֿינ‬, ‫שְׁמַע יִשְָֹראֵל‬
She -ma’ Yis-ra-el’,
Hear

Adonai E-lo-hei’-nu ,

Adonai

E-chad’.

Israel Adonai G-d our Adonai (is) One . Hear and listen, Israel, Adonai is our G-d, Adonai is One.

Recite very quietly:

. ‫בָּר ְך שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכ תוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד‬
Ba-ruch’ shem ke -vod’ Mal-chu-to’
blessed (is) name of glorious Kingship His

le -o-lam’

va-ed’.

to eternity/universe and forever.

Blessed is the name of His glorious Kingship to eternity and throughout the universe forever.

Continue in a soft voice::

, ‫ בְּכָל לְבָֿבְָך‬, ‫וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יי אֱֹלהֶֿיָך‬
Ve-a-hav’-ta et Adonai E-lo-hei’-cha ,
Adonai G-d your

be -chol’
with all

le -vav-cha’ ,
heart your

and you will love (d.o.)

Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur, pp.414,416

be -shiv-te-cha’ be -vei-te’-cha uv-lech-te -cha’ in sitting your ‫ְקשְַׁרתָּם‬ va-de’-rech. uv-shoch-be -cha’ in the way and in lying down your . to children your ‫בְלֶכְתְָּך‬ ve -di-bar’-ta and you will speak them ‫ בְּשִׁבְתְָּך בְּבֵיתֶָֿך‬. and in rising your. strength . ‫בְשָׁכְבְָּך‬ . ‫לְאוֹת עַל יֶָדָֿך‬ le-to-ta-fot’ for frontlets ve-ha-yu’ and they will be for a sign upon Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. pp. ‫ אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַ ְָך הַיּוֹם‬.‫ וְהָי‬. ‫וְִדבְַּרתָּ בָּם‬ in house your and in walking your bam . the words (the) these .416 . ‫בְכָל נַפְשְָׁך‬ ve-ha-yu’ and will be your naf-she -cha’. heart your Ve -shi-nan-tam’ and you will teach diligently them le -va-ne’-cha . soul your u-ve -chol’ and with all me-o-de’-cha . hand your ‫ וְהָי‬. a-sher’ which A-no-chi’ me -tza-ve -cha’ I command you ha-yom’. ‫הְַדּבִָרים הָאֵֿלֶה‬ ha-de-va-rim’ ha-e’-leh. ‫בְכָל מְאֶֹדָֿך‬ u-ve -chol’ and with all . ‫ וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶֿיָך‬. today .414. ‫עַל לְבָבֶָֿך‬ al upon le -va-ve’-cha. ‫בְק מֶָֿך‬ uv-ku-me’-cha. ‫בֶַדֶּֿרְך‬ U-ke -shar-tam’ and you will bind them ‫לְטֹטָפֹת‬ le -ot’ al ya-de’-cha .

the “absolute infinitive” before the verb.‫כְתַבְתָּם עַל‬ bein between . and it will be . ‫בֵּין עֵינֶֿיָך‬ ei-nei’-cha . commandments My *listen repeated for emphasis.416 .o. ‫אֶל מִצְוֹתַי‬ Ve-ha-yah’.) you (pl. and on gates your .) Adonai Adonai E-lo-hei-chem’ G-d : ‫בְכָל נַפְשְׁכֶם‬ be-chol’ with all ‫בְּכָל לְבַבְכֶם‬ your (plural) le -vav-chem’ heart your u-ve -chol’ and with all naf-she -chem’ : soul Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. ‫וְהָיָה‬ el to im if sha-mo’-a listen* tish-me -u’ you will listen* mitz-vo-tai’. ‫ אִם שָׁמֹֿעַ תִּשְׁמְע‬. ‫לְעָבְדוֹ‬ le -a-ha-vah’ to love ‫לְאַהֲבָה אֶת יי אֱֹלהֵיכֶם‬ u-le -av-do’. and to serve/worship Him your et (d. ‫בִשְׁעֶָרֿיָך‬ me -zu-zot’ doorposts of ‫מְזֻזוֹת בֵּיתֶָֿך‬ bei-te’-cha house your u-vi-she -a-rei’-cha . eyes your U-che -tav-tam’ and write them al upon . . see Note 25.o.414. ‫אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַ ֶה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם‬ a-sher’ which A-no-chi’ me-tza-veh’ I command et-chem’ (d. today . pp.) ha-yom’.

be clear ָ‫וְאָכַלְתּ‬ be-sa-de -cha’ in field your . tz-h-r is the root for new oil. lest la-chem’.) ‫ וְאָסַפְתָּ ְדגָנֶָֿך‬. ‫לִבְהֶמְתֶָּֿך‬ ‫בְּשְָֹדָך‬ li-ve-hem-te’-cha . Ve -na-ta’-ti and I will give e’-sev grass **t-r-sh is the root for new wine. comes from “ho-rish” to drive out. for cattle/animals your ve-a-chal’-ta and you will eat ‫ פֶּן‬.416 . ָ‫וְשָֹבָֿעְתּ‬ pen in order not to. and late rain* ve-a-saf’-ta and you will harvest d e-ga-ne’-cha grain/corn your *roots: y-r-h = to throw. guard yourselves ‫ הִשָּׁמְר‬. ‫לָכֶם‬ ve -sa-va’-e-ta.. for yourselves Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. pp.414. ‫וְתִיֹרשְָׁך וְיִצְהֶָרָֿך‬ ve -ti-ro-she-cha’ and new wine your ve -yitz-ha-re’-cha**. ‫מַלְקוֹשׁ‬ yo-reh’ early rain* ‫יוֶֹרה‬ u-mal-kosh’. comes from “tz-h-r” to be bright. Hi-sham-ru’ and you will be satisfied. l-k-sh = to be late ‫ וְנָתַֿתִּי עֵֿשֶֹב‬. the juice just “driven out” of the grapes. and new oil your . i.e. ‫וְנָתַֿתִּי מְטַר אְַרצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ‬ ve -na-ta’-ti then I will give me -tar’ rain of ar-tze -chem’ land your be -i-to’. in season its (m.

will be ‫ וְֹלא‬. and you will turn aside and you will serve.) *y-v-l = to bear. gods other Ve -hish-ta-cha -vi-tem’ and you will bow down yourselves la-hem’. ve-ha-a-da-mah’ ‫ וְאֲבְַדתֶּם מְהֵָרה‬.414. to carry. ve -lo’ and not (d. ‫אֱֹלהִים אֲחִֵרים‬ e-lo-him’ a-che-rim’. ‫יִהְיֶה מָטָר‬ et ha-sha-ma’-yim. pp. ‫ֹלא תִתֵּן אֶת יְב לָהּ‬ lo not ti-ten’ et ye-vu-lah’.‫ וְסְַרתֶּם וַעֲבְַדתֶּם‬. ‫ וְעָצַר‬. with you.416 . ‫וְחָָרה אַף יי בָּכֶם‬ Ve-cha-rah’ and will burn af anger of Adonai Adonai ba-chem’. sense of that which is carried in from the fields . the good which Adonai gives to you from upon the land Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur.worship ‫ וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוִיתֶם לָהֶם‬. ‫אֶת הַשָּׁמַֿיִם‬ rain and the earth yi-he -yeh’ ma-tar’.) produce* its (f. ve -a-va-de -tem’ and you will be lost me -he-rah’ quickly will give (d.) the heavens . ve -a-tzar’ and will stop ‫ וְהָאֲָדמָה‬. to them.o. ‫יִפְתֶּה לְבַבְכֶם‬ yif-teh’ le-vav-chem’.o. ve -sar-tem’ va-a-va-de -tem’ will find beautiful heart your. ‫מֵעַל הָאֶָֿרץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר יי נֹתֵן לָכֶם‬ me-al’ ha-a’-retz ha-to-vah’ a-sher’ Adonai no-ten’ la-chem’.

) ‫ְקשְַׁרתֶּם אֹתָם לְאוֹת‬ ve -al’ and upon . ‫לְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֵיכֶם‬ al yed-chem’. of them (d.414. in the way uv-lech-te -cha’ and in walking your . and in rising up your Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. ‫בְּשִׁבְתְָּך בְּבֵיתֶָֿך‬ va-de’-rech. ‫וְלִמְַּדתֶּם אֹתָם אֶת בְּנֵיכֶם‬ Ve-li-ma-d e-tem’ o-tam’ and you will teach them et b e-nei-chem’. ‫וְשַֹמְתֶּם אֶת ְדּבַָרי אֵֿלֶּה‬ Ve-sam-tem’ et de -va-rai’ e’-leh . ‫בְלֶכְתְָּך בֶַדֶּֿרְך‬ be-shiv-te -cha’ b e-vei-te’-cha .o. ‫עַל יְֶדכֶם‬ bein between le-to-ta-fot’ for frontlets ei-nei-chem’.) children your . ‫בְק מֶָֿך‬ uv-shoch-be -cha’ and in lying down your ‫בְשָׁכְבְָּך‬ uv-ku-me’-cha . le-da-ber’ to speak bam. ve-ha-yu’ and they will be ‫ וְהָי‬. ‫וְעַל נַפְשְׁכֶֶם‬ le-ot’ for a sign naf-she -chem’. eyes your upon hand your . ‫ לְַדבֵּר בָּם‬. soul your u-k e-shar-tem’ and you will bind o-tam’ them .o.416 . words My these al upon l e-vav-chem’ heart your (plural) and you will place (d.‫ עַל לְבַבְכֶם‬. in sitting your in house your . pp.

) el to Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur..416 . and upon gates your . ‫וִימֵי בְנֵיכֶם‬ vi-ymei’ and days of ve-nei-chem’. the earth as days of the heavens (as the days of heavens) ‫ ַדּבֵּר אֶל‬. pp. ‫כִּימֵי הַשָּׁמַֿיִם עַל הָאֶָֿרץ‬ ki-ymei’ ha-sha-ma’-yim al upon ha-a’-retz. ‫בֵּיתֶָֿך‬ U-che -tav-tam’ and you will write them ‫כְתַבְתָּם עַל מְז זוֹת‬ bei-te’-cha . Moses to say da-ber’ speak (imp. house your al upon me-zu-zot’ doorposts of ‫יְמֵיכֶם‬ u-vi-she -a-rei’-cha. children your al upon ha-a-da-mah’ a-sher’ the earth which nish-ba’ has sworn ‫יי לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם לָתֵת לָהֶם‬ Adonai Adonai la-a-vo-tei-chem’ to fathers your la-tet’ to give la-hem’ to them . ‫ לְמַֿעַן יְִרבּ‬. ‫וַיֹּֿאמֶר יי אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר‬ Va-yo’-mer and spoke Adonai el Adonai to Mo-sheh’ le-mor’.414. ‫בִשְׁעֶָרֿיָך‬ yir-bu’ will increase Le -ma’-an In order that ye -mei-chem’ days your ‫ עַל הָאֲָדמָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע‬.

ve-lo’ and you will do them and not ‫ וְֹלא תָתֿ ר‬. if correct. ‫עַל כַּנְפֵי בִגְֵדיהֶם לְֹדֹרתָם‬ al kan-fei’ vig-dei-hem’ clothes their le -do-ro-tam’.the dye of the techelet is historically known to be from a sea mollusk.414. ‫לָהֶם צִיצִת‬ be-nei’ Yis-ra-el’ . ‫וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם‬ ta-tu’-ru you will explore a-cha-rei’ after le -vav-chem’ heart your Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. blue violet or turquoise (?) (?) . Adonai and you will remember (d. but recently thought to be scientifically rediscovered.. ‫בְּנֵי יִשְָֹראֵל‬ tzi-tzit’ .o. ‫זְכְַרתֶּם אֶת כָּל מִצְוֹת יי‬ u-ze -char-tem’ et kol all mitz-vot’ commandments of Adonai . ‫עַל צִיצִת הַכָּנָף פְּתִיל תְּכֵֿלֶת‬ al upon tzi-tzit’ fringe of ha-ka-naf’ the corner pe -til’ a thread of te -che’-let . it is more of a turquoise.) la-chem’ le-tzi-tzit’ to you for a fringe u-re -i-tem’ as you will see .o. pp. . fringe la-hem’ for them(selves) ‫ וְנָתְנ‬. for generations their ve -na-te -nu’ and they will give on corners of . it (m.)(d.) ‫אַחֲֵרי לְבַבְכֶם‬ va-a-si-tem’ o-tam’. ‫ְראִיתֶם אֹתוֹ‬ Ve-ha-yah’ and it will be ‫וְהָיָה לָכֶם לְצִיצִת‬ o-to’. ve-a-su’ sons of Israel and they will make ֹ‫ וְעָש‬.416 .

. ‫אַחֲֵריהֶם‬ va-a-si-tem’ and you will do Le -ma’-an in order that tiz-ke -ru’ you will remember .) all commandments My. which means to commit fornication. ‫ וִהְיִיתֶם ְקֹדשִׁים לֵאֹלהֵיכֶם‬. d. ‫אֱֹלהֵיכֶם‬ E-met’. after them ‫ לְמַֿעַן תִּזְכְּר‬. ‫אֲני יי אֱֹלהֵיכֶם‬ A-ni’ Adonai E-lo-hei-chem’. ‫וְאַחֲֵרי עֵינֵיכֶם‬ ve -a-cha-rei’ and after ei-nei-chem’. eyes your a-sher’ which a-tem’ you(pl. ‫וַעֲשִֹיתֶם‬ a-cha-rei-hem’. vi-he-yi-tem’ ke -do-shim’ and you will be holy le-lo-hei-chem’.o. for G-d . . ‫אֶת כָּל מִצְוֹתָי‬ et kol mitz-vo-tai’.‫ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם זֹנִים‬. pp. . a-sher’ G-d your Who ho-tze’-ti brought out et-chem’ you (pl. to be a harlot. to G-d your (d. truth .. . . . ‫מֵאֶֶֿרץ מִצְַרֿיִם לִהְיוֹת לָכֶם לֵאֹלהִים‬ me-e’-retz from land of mitz-ra’-yim Egypt li-he-yot’ to be la-chem’ to you le-lo-him’ . ‫אֶמֶת‬ A-ni’ Adonai E-lo-hei-chem’. I (am) Adonai .414.o.416 . ‫אֲנִי יי‬ Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. ‫ אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם‬.) I (am) Adonai .) zo-nim’* go to false gods z-n-h: root for zo-nim’. G-d your.