Sunday, July 10, 2011

Worldwide Congregational Torah Reading August 13 or 14 2011

In Psalm 68:4 it says:

Psalms 68:4 NKJV 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.

The congregation that Brenda and I attend every Shabbat is spearheading a world-wide event coming up on the weekend of August 13th and 14th.  Around the world, in every Jewish synagogue is read the Torah Portion for the week.  This particular week the portion is Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 which contains the opening part of what is known as the Shema.  The Shema is the centerpiece of Jewish prayer and liturgy.  It is spoken every morning and every night by religious Jews around the world.  This is a practice that has been a mainstay of Jewish life since the time of the Exodus.  When Yeshua (Jesus) was asked by His disciples what the greatest commandment was, His immediate answer was the Shema.

Matthew 22:23-40 AENT  36 “Teacher, which Commandment in Torah is the greatest?”  37 and Yeshua said to him, that “You should love Master Yahovah your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might and with all your mind.”  38 This is the first and the greatest Commandment.  39 And the second is like it.  That ‘You should love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 On these two commandments hang Torah and the prophets.”

Here is the Shema as recited every day by the Jewish people around the world.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV 4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Here is the Shema in Hebrew and the transliterated text.

Click HERE to hear the Shema spoken in Hebrew.

Let’s take this opportunity to stand together with our Jewish brothers and sisters and read these words together on August 13th or 14th.  Let us sing to God with one voice and acknowledge Him as creator and King of the universe!

Just click on this link or the title of this blog post and you will be connected to the website for more information about this important event.

Shalom and be blessed
Dan and Brenda Cathcart

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