Sunday, November 27, 2016

The 1st and Greatest Commandment

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

Sh'ma Yisrael! Adonai Eloheinu - Adonai Echad.

Sh'ma — listen, or hear and do
Yisrael — Israel, in the sense of the people or congregation
Adonai — often translated as "LORD", it is read in place of YWHW out of respect for the tetragram of God's Holy Name
Eloheinu — the plural 1st person possessive of Elohim, meaning “our God”.
Echad — the unified and cardinal number one

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