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NESHAMA TEHORAH

We are all blessed with Neshama Tehorah – Pure and Infinite Soul – no matter who we are, no matter our race, gender, color of skin, position in life etc. and through our Neshama Tehorah we receive TOV (endless goodness) from Our Maker.

 

The reciting of the Shama facilitates our Neshama to rise up to the heavens, above our earthly identities, in order to receive TOV for our own benefit, our loved ones and the world in general. Neshama Tehorah is the true equalizer among men and women.

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Meaning: 

When we say The Shama or The Shema (both spellings are acceptable)  - We declare that God is the God of our private world and he in exchange of us being in awe of him, he takes all our fears away as we see his spirit in every one and in everything.

Many of us are subjected to fears or needs that hold us from truly being free. When we say the prayer it lifts us to higher place above enslaving elements of any kind, be it failing health, need for money or even another person, for our true freedom is being with our Creator.

The collective effort of all the Jews saying the prayer in unison can bring an amazing healing force from above to heal us in all aspects spiritual as well as physical.

 

Two reasons we cover our eyes while we say the Holy Prayer:

The impact of the words is very strong and we shield our eyes to protect them. Another reason is for us to rise above what we see for what we see can limit us and we look within as we say the words. We cover our eyes to concentrate on the words that free us from our outer self.  Only then can we try to manifest goodness on this earth as his will matches ours and we are one with him. 

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Mission: For all the Jews around the world to read the Shama Israel at the very same time no matter the time zone. The intention is that every year more and more people will join this global prayer.

 

Time Of Prayer  Shacharit in Israel THE NINTH OF AV 2022

 

 

This will be 10 PM In Los Angeles and 7 pm In New York of the day before. Tel Aviv is ten hours ahead of Los Angeles and 7 hours ahead of New York and in London it will be 4 am 9th of Av. The precise hour around the world will be calculated for all time zones.

Many commentaries have been written about the subtle differences between the translations. There is an emphasis on the oneness of God and on the sole worship of God by Israel. There are other translations, though most retain one or the other emphases

 

The literal word meanings are roughly as follows:

Shema listen, or hear & do (according to the Targum, accept)

Yisrael Israel, in the sense of the people or congregation of Israel

Adonai — often translated as "LORD", it is read in place of YHWH; Samaritans say Shema, which is Aramaic for "the [Divine] Name" and is the exact equivalent of the Hebrew "ha-Shem", which Rabbinic Jews substitute for "Adonai" in a non-liturgical context such as everyday speech.

Eloheinu — the plural 1st person possessive of אֱלֹהִיםElohim, meaning “our God”.

Eḥad — the cardinal number one

This first verse of the Shema relates to the kingship of God. The first verse, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord," has ever been regarded as the confession of belief in the One God. Due to the ambiguities of the Hebrew language there are multiple ways of translating the Shema:

"Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!" and,

"Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God – Adonai alone."

The power of the “Shama”

When we pray the “Shama” to our one God, we pray to the oneness of all there is. We pray for ourselves to be whole and free, free from any elements or needs that plague our lives. 

When we reach with our words to the one force, the one healing and empowering force, we stand a better chance to be heard when we do it collectelvly, yet the benefits that we receive are for us, as a group, as well as for each and every one of us, individually.


Mark Twain and Ahavat Olam – (the love of the world)

“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race.  It suggests a nebulous puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way.  Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of.  He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.  He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it.  The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished.

The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities, of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert but aggressive mind.  All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains.  What is the secret of his immortality?”

Mark Twain, September 1897

I think that Mark Twain deserves an answer - our secret is the ability to reach to Our Maker directly, as one of the meanings of the name of Israel implies: straight to God.

And our ability benefits us individually as well as a nation, it also benefits the world, as we are told to love the world as we love ourselves “Ahavat Olam – Ahavatenu”. 

And at these troubled times, let us say the “Shama” with the intention of bringing goodness to the world. 



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