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Singing the Shema

October 25, 2011

The Shema is a declaration of Judaism's monotheism. It is recited during prayer services, especially in the mornings and evenings, as suggested in the longer form of the Shema which includes the line "before you go to bed and when you rise in the morning."

This video brings together the Hebrew, translation and pronunciation of the prayer:


Follow along with your own copy of this resource, available as a PDF.

Thanks to Adar and Oren Steinitz for singing the Shema for us.


A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "hear," the first word and name of the central Jewish prayer and statement of faith.
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