February 13, 2012

Shema Yisrael with Kavanah

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 12:35 am

The key to Avodas Hashem and fixing yourself is the recital of Shema Yisrael with Kavanah. This simple 3 paragraph passage has 248 words corresponding to our 248 limbs. I know you have heard this 1000x but I tell you that all your problems can be fixed through concentration on this prayer alone. We say it throughout the day but do we really say it?

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  1. I was just thinking about how important kavanah in Shema Yisrael is today also.. but for a slightly different reason.. the second (third) passuk: v’ahavta et HaShem Elokecha.

    I think Galut mitzrayim was an opportunity for HaShem to prove his love to us, as the Netivot Shalom (and others) explains re: bitachon.

    While this Galut is an opportunity for *us* to prove our love for HaShem .. which is why kavanah of Shema and loving HaShem is so important for us now.. (and the take away message is to strengthen in ahavat yisrael according to the Tanya (ch.32) if you love someone love what they love — and HaShem loves Yisrael.)

    Anyways thank you for reminding me I need to flesh this out in a blog post!!

    love you,


    Comment by yitz.. — February 13, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

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