The Shema

"Shema Yisrael. Hear, O Israel: God is our Lord, God is one!" These words, from a biblical commandment from the Torah in Deuteronomy 6:4, are recited every morning and evening in Jewish families. It’s of such significance that it’s also the final prayer of Yom Kippur, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.

Did you know that the Shema is one of the first prayers Jewish children learn and interact with? When Museum of the Bible opens in November in Washington, DC, the children’s area will be a fun and interactive space for all children to interact with the Bible! A place to become familiar with stories of courage, of people who did what they believed was right in the face of fear of opposition.


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