The Shema: Spirituality and Law in...

The Shema has been described as the "central watchword" of Jewish faith. The book represents an extensive commentary on the words of the Shema, drawing upon the wide range of traditional sources and the author's own reflections.

ContentsPreface xi Aknowledgments xiii A Note on Translations and Transliterations xiv The Shema xv Part I: The First Verse 1. Spirituality, Law, and the Shema 3 2. “ Hear”: To Listen, To Listen To 13 3. “ Israel”: The People or the Person? 19 4. “ The Lord Is Our God”: Names Make a Difference 23 5. “ The Lord Is One”: The Eschatological Interpretation 31 6. “ The Lord Is One”: All and Only 39 7. “ The Lord Is One”: The Kabbalistic Interpretations 47 8. “ One” and Contemporary Science 59 9. “ Blessed Be the Name of His Glorious Kingdom Forever and Ever”: The Interloping Verse 69 Part II: The Second Verse 10. Maimonides on “ You Shall Love” 77 11. Maharal on “ You Shall Love” 89 12. R. Shneur Zalman on “ You Shall Love” 95 13. R. Zadok Hakohen of Lublin on “ You Shall Love” 101   14. R. Samuel David Luzzatto on “ You Shall Love” 107 15. Does God Need Our Love? 113  C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism


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Front MatterTITLE PAGE—The Shema : Spirituality and Law in Judaism as exemplified in the Shema, the most important passage in the TorahOther Books by Norman LammCOPYRIGHT PAGEDEDICATION PAGEDONORS PAGECONTENTSPREFACEACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PAGEA NOTE ON TRANSLATIONS AND TRANSLITERATIONSThe Shema : Text of the DeclarationPART I : The First VersePART II : The Second VersePART III : VersesAPPENDIX A Halakhic Analysis of the ShemaNature of the CommandmentWhat Is Included in the ShemaThe Requirement of KavvanahRecitation and BeliefNOTESAppendixINDEX
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