When thinking of the Shema Yisrael prayer you usually don’t assosciate Justin Bieber and Jewish prayers. But, according to the tabloids, he recites the Shema before each concert. Well, since the majority of us readers don’t perform in concerts, we can’t brag about saying the Shema prior to performing. However, what we can take credit for is saying the Shema Yisrael during morning and evening daily prayers, or when we are able to pray.
The Shema prayer is based on the first two words found in Deuteronomy 6:4, in the Torah. This first verse expresses the very basic belief of Judaism: monotheism. The belief in One G-d. It is traditional for Jews to utter the Shema as their last words, as well as for parents to teach their children to say it before going to sleep at night. “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.”
- שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד – Sh’ma Yisra’el YHWH Eloheinu YHWH Eḥad
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad – Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One
- Since the Shema is such an important prayer, the idea of wearing it came about. Huh? Well, why not take the words from the prayer, as beautiful as they are, and make them shine and sparkle. Hence, the idea of Shema jewelry came about and now is Alef Bet Jewelry’s best selling line.
- Wearing a symbol of your religion doesn’t have to only be limited to a Star, mezuzah or Chai anymore. Words can represent pride, heritage and Judaism just as a Magen David necklace does.