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Why is the Shema more important then many other prayers?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Rachel: the Shema

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: go ahead with yor question

Rachel: hi there again

Rachel: so i got a lot of information on this site that was very useful but i wanted to see what a rabbi would say on why this prayer is most important above mnay others

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: I think that is mentioned on our knowledgebase as well

Rachel: ya... but not a personal opinion

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Shema is so important because it talks about the very core of G-d, us, and our relationship.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: It is also a prayer to G-d written BY G-d, unlike most other prayers which are prayers to G-d but written by humans

Rachel: thank you soo much and would you mind if i quote u in a speech i want to give in my classroom??

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you can if you wish :-)

Rachel: thank you
Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you're welcome

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The most fundamental Jewish prayer, recited twice daily. This prayer, of Biblical origin, professes the belief in G-d's absolute unity.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.