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The Shema*

Hear, O Israel:

The LORD is our God, the LORD is one.

You shall love the LORD your God

with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children,

and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,

and when you walk by the way,

and when you lie down, and when you rise.

You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,

and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

(*Shema is a Hebrew text consisting of three passages from the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible) and beginning, "Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the Lord is one."  It forms an important part of Jewish evening and morning prayer and is used as a Jewish confession of faith.  The word is Hebrew and means literally "hear".)

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